Every Saturday I volunteer as an on staff paleontologist. The school that I go to has a deal with the museum that all of the Pale Kids get to volunteer there and help out with anything. I am an undergrad, but kids don’t need to know the technical stuff, especially when they’re super excited to talk to someone that loves dinosaurs as much as them. I’ve seen a lot of parents that say, “Oh, ___ loves dinosaurs. His favorite is T.Rex.” Then their child quickly corrects them with, “No mom/dad, it’s actually ____.” Then I get to talk to them about how awesome their favorite is. This is something that makes my day every single time.
This past Saturday there was a kid that was traveling all around the west coast going to different museums/science places for his fourth grade class. I showed him a ton of stuff and let him hold a few bones. His mom got a bunch of pictures and he ended up tearing up because he was so happy. His mom thanked me at least twenty times on her way out because I had really made a connection with this kid. He was so happy when he left that he asked for a picture with me so that he could tell his class that he met a real paleontologist. Like I said, when kids are excited, they don’t need to know the technical stuff.
This is a great story and makes me have warm-fuzzies. Sounds like you made a real impression on that kid, and that’s really special!