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Notes From Past To Future Selves

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Kate, circa age 10: “Goal — See Shark Born — Learn More About Sharks.”

Context: I was really into sharks, because I had just finished this ancient biography about this famous woman who was maybe the first female shark scientist? And I was all like, I can be her and learn to scuba dive to the bottom of a lagoon, like on the cover, and meet with sharks and educate people about how they are not all Jaws.

More recent context: I have been cleaning out my house. There is a lot of worthy stuff. This particular piece was just in a pile of papers from around the time I started Middle School. Apparently, I knew one day I would want to reflect on things never to be accomplished.

Relatedly: The Shark Conservation Act has finally become a law, largely due to, I’m sure, the impressive efforts of Ms. January Jones and her scintillating comments about their well-being. If I looked like this, shark-lover though I am, I might have picked a more sexy cause.
More to come. And seriously, if anyone can find that biography, or perhaps knows what woman was semi-popular in the scientific community for her work with those scary creatures, I would be much obliged.

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4 Responses to “Notes From Past To Future Selves”

  1. Jessie
    on Jan 7th, 2011
    @ 12:24 pm

    This is absolutely amazing. Good to know childhood nerdy kate was just as Type A as ever

  2. Gretchen
    on Jan 8th, 2011
    @ 3:23 am

    maybe google ‘first woman shark scientist’? just saying. also, shouldn’t this be categorized under ‘smart girls’? cuz it really isn’t that ‘stupid’, and is all about smart girls, or at least about young girls wanting to be smart.

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  4. Megan
    on Jan 9th, 2011
    @ 8:30 pm

    This is amazing. I never knew about your shark loving. I hope you saved this precious gem of a scrap of paper.

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