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Works with Dolphins


As I mentioned before, Benjamin has been on a marine mammal kick with a side of pirates, sharks and squids thrown in.  Many conversations that start on dry land where it is safe, end up, somehow, with an epic battle for life and death between a Sperm Whale and Giant Squid.  So, it wasn’t a surprise when a conversation about kindergarten (we decided to have Ben repeat at his new school) ended up in Davy Jones’ Locker.

The other day, I was trying to get Ben excited for school and we were talking about it for a while before he asked, “How many years do I have to go to school?”

“Nine years for elementary school, four years for high school and then college.”

“How many years is college?”

“It depends on what you want to study.  At least four years and then probably more if you still want to be a scientist.”

“What about a Marine Biologist?”

“Yeah, probably a few more years for Marine Biology…where did you learn about Marine Biologists?”

“I don’t know…I think I just figured out that’s what those scientist must be.”

“Oh…Anyway, a friend of mine that I grew up with went to college for Marine Biology.”

“Really?”

“Yup. When he finished school, he worked with whales and dolphins.”

There was a brief pause in the conversation as the wheels in Ben’s head churned on this.  Then he replied, “He went to an office underwater where dolphins and whales work?”

I instantly had an image of my friend in shirt, tie and scuba gear doing paperwork at a desk in a cubicle underwater as a dolphin and killer whale also shuffle papers in adjacent cubicles.  I started to laugh.

Then Ben starts laughing and says, “That was a pretty good joke, wasn’t it, Daddy?”

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