At the time, I thought it was an oddity. I was intrigued by the fish tank in Benjamin's room, but it seemed maybe excessive? Unusual? We were eight years old. What child really needs a giant, imposing, fish tank in their bedroom?
Now in our thirties, Benjamin has his PhD in oceanography and works diligently every day to save our seas. He knew so very early on what he loved, and had parents who encouraged this passion. Sure, many of us will have multiple career changes throughout our adult lives. Yet this is not the first story like this I've encountered. Countless "Facebook friends" are now greater expressions of who they were as children. It's brilliant to see.
That's why we were so excited to come across Kaspian's room. Styled by Isabelle McCallister from Dos Family for their Swedish show Fixa Rummet, they created a haven for Kaspian to exercise his most fervent wish: to be a veterinarian. There is an operating room, medical cabinet, and x-rays. Of course, animals abound. Kaspian couldn't be happier, and we wouldn't be surprised to see him one day working with live animals.
It's not every day you come across a child's room decorated as an animal hospital. Sure we're accustomed to seeing firemen, ballerinas, baseball players and chefs. But this dream emanates specifically from the child, and how we love to see it fostered.
Does your child know what they want to be when they grow up? How do you encourage them?
All Images: Jenny Brandt for Dos Family, styling by Isabelle McCallister