A couple weeks ago, I was asked by someone if I want to volunteer at a career day at an elementary school. I would try to tell the kids why they'd want to grow up to be a pharmacist.
You've gotta be kidding me, right? was my response. Me? Talk to kids?!
Everyone knows I'm a kiddophobe. I just don't get kids. I don't know what they want when they look up at me with those watery eyes. I don't know why they eat their own booger. I just DON'T get them.
I mean I love my nieces and nephews, but I can only handle them as long as I know their parents are there to take them back as soon as they break out in their chorus of tantrums.
And you know what, even though I ended up with a migraine, I came back feeling pretty inspired.
First of all, I've got secret weapons. Not only did I made colorful charts with names like Dr. Madison R. Good and Mr. I. M. Sic, I brought bribery... Stickers for everyone!!
And to my relief, they loooove the stickers! They were practically jumping out of their seats to answer my questions when stickers are on the line. I pratically had them all chanting "Pharmacist! Pharmacist!" when I asked them what they wanna be when they grow up. The power of bribery. But I did secretly hope that maybe some of them actually meant it...
And a few days later, I got this big fat envelope in the mail. And there they are, these super pink art work done by some of the kids who apparently did decide to enter the profession of pharmacy! (Yes, they are 6 years old but it's never too early to apply).
I was touched, but also embarrassed that these kids embraced our little encounter without question, even though I was all skeptical about them. But maybe they sensed it and that's why I have a blue face in one of the pieces.