Dreams Do Come True

I’m setting a timer and participating with the Five Minute Friday crowd. This week’s theme is POSSIBLE. In the story below, you’ll see that achieving your wildest dreams just might be possible…

You want to shout: “Title and Picture do not match!” Bear with me…

My son snapped this shot of an albino baby Rosy Boa taking a giant nibble of his finger on his first day of full-time employment at one of his all-time favorite places: The East Bay Vivarium.

We discovered the Vivarium, the nation’s oldest and largest reptile store, just months after we moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. At only seven years old, our son was already a reptile enthusiast. For the 1st grade talent show, he delivered an oral report with a handout to teach his peers about the lizards they were likely to meet in their backyards.

Other kids told jokes like:
“What’s a banana?”
“Yellow.”

For his eighth and ninth birthdays, he invited a friend for pizza and a visit to the Vivarium to check out their incredible inventory of cool critters. When he was twelve years old, I caved and let him choose his own snake, a Red Tail Boa, now measuring a whopping eight feet. Over several years, he has added seven Ball Pythons to his collection. He’s begun breeding them as well.

This year has been a long and winding road. Like so many of us, my son struggled in various ways and had to put a lot of his life on hold. But ultimately the road led him to this job. While this might be the stuff of my nightmares, he is living his dream. STOP

Cover image of Rosy Boa by gayleenfroese2 from Pixabay

2 thoughts on “Dreams Do Come True

  1. I’m your FMF neighbor and I must admit, with us sitting together on the link-up it looks like that snake is slithering over to my square. Good thing it’s only virtual. I enjoyed hearing the progression of your son and his snakes. I have a son with a similar timeline in music, who is enjoying his dream job now too. Good for them both! Wouldn’t be great if we all loved our work.

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