Thursday, May 25, 2006

Top 10 Perks of Being a Pediatrician

People think of pediatrics as "Veterinary medicine" or "just all those screaming kids," but there are a lot of perks:
  1. As much Pedialyte as you could ever drink.
  2. Being able to tell your spouse: "I should know about this, I give advice on this for a living" when you get into a parenting discussion. (They subsequently get mad at you and don't talk to you for the next day).
  3. Seeing the expression on a young boy's face when you give him a Barbie sticker.
  4. Having a "Fan Club" comprised entirely of girls in the range of 4-10 years of age.
  5. Getting paid for tickling kids.
  6. Earwax, lots of it.
  7. Having the pleasure of sitting in a small room with a hyperactive child and the mother yelling "stop that!" every 5 minutes.
  8. Justifying all of the doodling you did in boring college classes by now drawing goofy faces on the end of a tongue depresser.
  9. Being wonderfully popular at parties and at church, as people hit you up for advice on rashes, behavior problems, bedwetting, etc.
  10. The grin you get from a 6-month old when all you do is look at them.
By the way, that is a picture of my daughter when she was much younger. The eyes just cut right to my heart.