I was what was called "back in the day", a precocious child. Actually, children were to be seen and not heard, but what I learned was that girls weren't even to be seen. My mother said I was born with an opinion, so this never set well with me. I was reading way before I went to school, and by age 6, I read 2 newspapers a day. I especially loved Eleanor Roosevelt, and looked for what she said and did , as the first thing when I opened the newspaper. One day I read that she was in a foreign country where they sacrificed little girls to the temple gods. I was incensed! I was going there and rescue those little girls. That was the beginning, way back in 1948-49.
Not only did I want to work with children, I wanted to serve the Lord. I very much felt called to serve. What would I be doing? How could I help? I decided I needed to be a teacher, so I went to college to become a teacher. That was definitely not the right path. I blew up the chemistry lab, shorted out the physics lab, the music teacher said I had one note, and it was off....you get the point. I was good at English, History, and Shakespeare. I was very interested and did very well in psychology and anthropology. That is the direction I went.
I graduated with 13 kids, 3 dogs, 2 cats and 4 birds - but I graduated.