Lauren: Mom, do you need a Master’s degree to work at an aquarium?
Me: Well, no. Not to work there, but to be a marine biologist, you probably do. I don’t know. Why?
Lauren: Well, are you and Dad going to pay for a master’s degree?
Me: Well…I mean, I don’t know. I….I mean…that’s a long way off, Lauren.
Lauren: Mom, I kinda need to know now so I can plan ahead and start saving my money because I have plan.
Me: You have a plan?
Lauren: Yeah, me and Brynn are going to go to Penn State, then we’re going to go work at the Tennessee Aquarium for a few years to get some experience and then we’re going to open our own aquarium.
Three days later:
Lauren: Mom, I don’t know what to do. I’m kinda upset. The whole aquarium thing is falling apart because now Brynn isn’t sure she wants to do it. So, I may just have to do it myself. *sigh*
Me: Well, if anyone can, I’m sure you can.
Lauren: But, seriously, are you and Dad paying for Master’s school, or what?
Me: Can we talk about this in 10 years?
Lauren: That’s wwwaaaaay too late, Mom.