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law & clay/changing career

updated tue 19 oct 04


Phyllis Tilton on mon 18 oct 04

My life has not paralled Bonnie's but some of the thinking has. My father, too, told me I could take what I wanted in college BUT I must be able to support myself with the education. I had an interest also in medical stuff since he was a doctor and mother a nurse. He said if I wanted to marry and have a family, the medical profession could be quite demanding. Mother said the hours in nursing were terrible and the pay worse.---
We are talking 1942 with this. I took pharmacy, loved it and worked at it for 43 years. It could have been something else--I have a deep interest in archeology---would love to go on a 'dig' sometime. I subscribe to an archeology magazine. I considered a minor course of social sciences--social work, etc. The pharmacy classes were so demanding there was not time for a minor course. Another area was in history--but that would have meant teaching and I just never felt called to teach in a school system. As preceptors for pharmacy students/interns, we did our share of teaching on the job. So, upon retirement, I finally could pursue ceramics and now realize what a passion or obsession it is for me and wonder how different my life would have been if I had taken the ceramic road. There is always that fork in the road.

Warm Regards
Phyllis Tilton
Columbus, Ohio
Member Potter's Council