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My career of choice follows the clich of being born to do said occupation At the age of five rocks stopped being just objects on the ground I stepped on They became items that I wanted to hold in my hand investigate and most importantly collect At such a young age my rock collection was nothing magnificent mainly consisting of loose gravel pebbles mica ordinary ground rocks or if I was particularly lucky a smooth river rock Eventually my mother discovered my collection that had overflowed from my windowsill to my dads socks that I had stolen She just looked at me and laughed and stated that I should be a geologist Of course back then that word held no meaning to my five year old brain When my mother gave me the highly simplified definition of someone who studies rocks I instantly stored away the information for the biggest word I knewMy obsession did not fizzle out as I grew older it flourished Upon entering kindergarten and going outside on the playground for the first time I was introduced to a completely new turf to carry out my gathering However the teacher would notice when I came back to the classroom pockets bulging with my findings and sometimes made me put them back Hiding them in my shoes became the obvious solution although uncomfortable At home my mother supplied me with books from the library on rocks minerals and geology There was no hope in me at the time understanding over half of what the books said but the pictures were worth itEventually school ended and I was invited to voyage to Hilton Head Island with a friend of mine whom I had met that year and her parents During one of our sight-seeing adventures we entered a small local shop Upon walking around I noticed a stand filled with what looked like colored rocks Immediately excited I ran over to the stand and
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