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Word Nerd

Career fair a great opportunity to learn

What do you like most about your job?" asked the children at McClure Elementary School during a career fair I participated in this past Tuesday.

The questions weren't hard, but some of the answers were. Each child had a clipboard and was carefully writing the answers they got from the adults who manned booths at the fair.

I had a printing plate and some newspapers spread out in front of me: not so interesting compared to the entomologist to my right who had a box of pinned butterflies and other insects. Another entomologist next to her had several live Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches that she encouraged the children to pet.

To my left was a chiropractor who had a partial skeleton laid out on a massage bed. The children were delighted to touch the bones as he told them about skeletal structures.

Just beyond the chiropractor was a Grandview police officer. He was very popular with all the children and many of the adults.

At one point I heard, "We don't kill, we stop the threat," from my left followed by "I love bugs" from my right. It was nicely surreal, and a pleasant way to spend a morning after deadlines (the answer to "What is the most stressful thing about your job?").

I talked to my fair share of children, some of whom were actually impressed at my title of "reporter". But it was fun to be there with other interesting people and learn from them.

"What do you like most about your job?" they asked me.

I love meeting new people and learning something new every day.

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