I want to write a children's book before I die
The Great Turtle Catch" took on a life of its own and after timidly presenting it to the class and handing it in, I learned that I had a talent for writing books. It was after receiving an A+ from working on something that did not feel like work to me, that the path to my dream career had drastically changed. I decided to hand in my stethoscope and leotard and hit the word processor (yes, I wrote my first real short stories on a WORD PROCESSOR).
"The Great Turtle Catch," recently reappeared in my life. When I was a very round eight months pregnant, I decided that I would forego cards in lieu of children's books for my baby shower. I wanted my baby girl to appreciate the written word as much as I did, and, in some sense, force it on her. ;) Wrapped securely at the bottom of the gift bag that was given to me by my father was "The Great Turtle Catch." He was giving it back to me after I had presented it to him as a gift 26 years before. After crying a combination of happy and hormonal tears because of the reincarnated book, I went out and bought a plaque and hung it on the wall of the freshly painted nursery.
Since I had a child, I find myself flipping the pages of children's books every night before her bedtime, which has given me the idea to add the item of creating my own children's book someday. One that will most certainly involve turtles and all of the creatures that I wanted to save when I was dreaming of becoming a veterinarian back then. Maybe after I get through the pile of projects that I'm currently working on, there will be a children's book with my name on it. :)