What he really wanted to do was study
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“The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education”.
Owen sitting at the helm, in the same place David sat now, telling him what he really wanted to be, wanted to do. Nobody else knew. Not even David’s parents. He had spent his whole life working one job to the next, working construction, clerking, getting by, but what he really wanted to do was study.
Just that. Study.
“I want to know all the things I don’t know,” he’d said, sailing in the bright sunshine on a summer afternoon.
“You mean about the sea,” David had said.
Owen had nodded. “But not just the sea. All of it. I want to know all of everything there is to know that I don’t know. I want to know about other planets and I want to know about the molecules. I want to know about art and science and music and love and hate and dreams and trees. I want to know everything …”
“But that’s impossible.” And David had thought then how much he hated to study, hated the whole process of school. It was a drudge to him. Something to get through.
Extract from the book The Voyage of the Frog
By Gary Paulsen
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