Last names are an interesting thing. Everyone has one and you really have no say in what it is. You use your last name for reservations, work paperwork, and really in every aspect of your life. You are either born with your given last name or married into it and at that point most people just accept their last name. You could legally change it, but who really wants to go through the process.
I was living in New York City and visibly pregnant, when I got into a Lyft after dinner with friends. The driver congratulated me. I thanked him, and asked if he had any children. “I do!” he replied, “I have a daughter who is 14.”
Let's face it, vaccines are a touchy subject these days, no matter what area of medicine you're in. As a veterinarian who has been practicing over a decade, one of the main areas of client confusion centers around the perceived "dose" of vaccinations for our beloved pets. Owners often wonder why a puppy, kitten, or small breed of pet would receive the same volume of vaccine as a large breed of pet. Certainly a Chihuahua shouldn't get the same volume of vaccine as a Great Dane, right? Actually, they absolutely should.
When our children are small we revel in the joy they gather from the smallest things—biting into a sharp apple, playing with their shadow, squeezing mud through their fingers or hearing a new sound. We see the world anew again marveling at how we ‘missed’ the discovery of everyday things until they came along. It is although blinkers have fallen away. We record their first steps, their height on a doorway, photograph their birthdays and vacation adventures. As our children grow and experience the world around them we offer our own insights, our own experiences and gradually they gather their own knowledge of the sights, sounds and smells.