Aug. 28th, 2016

vignettes

Aug. 28th, 2016 06:27 pm
turbogrrl: (robotcoffee)
a friend had linked to Gizmodo's "This is How South Florida Ends, and I remembered something that I had otherwise long forgotten.

The summer before my senior year, I'd gotten an offer to intern for the State of Maryland, studying wetland ecology. I have no idea how it came about; I think I had applied to a generic internship program, because it's not like I did any work on biology or ecology in high school. But the internship (it might have been paid, or might not, again, can't remember) would have been in annapolis. It would have been a summer of 6am drives to annapolis, striding around in muck, getting multitudes more sun than my bookworm self would have otherwise gotten. I wanted to take it. But my parents said Absolutely Not. They, I'm sure, couldn't deal with the fact that I'd be far away for so much of the day, and it would have meant leaving my mom stranded without a car all summer. Not to mention the gas bill.

So, I had to say no. But in reading that article I had a brief flash of what my life could have been like if I'd said yes. Because we are absolutely shaped by our opportunities. My opportunity to clerk at the Howard County Library utterly changed the direction of my life. The people I met there, and the people I met through them, are the reason I'm in computing. It wouldn't have happened otherwise.

But I confess I have this wistful nostalgia for the wetland girl I never got to be.

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