My son has been fascinated by anything having to do with aviation since he was old enough to hold his head up and see planes overhead. We'd stay at hotels near airports while traveling. Often the measure of a vacation was not how many states we visited, but by the airports he 'bagged.' We'd visit the terminals, drive the perimeters, and often were given tours of ATC towers, ramps, and cockpits. We talked with lots of folks from the curb to the sky.
He honed his skills with the camera, and has uploaded many shots to the anet database. He is currently pursuing an aviation management/flying ops degree in college, and is halfway through his commercial rating. His love has never waned.
The one thing that particularly struck me after speaking to various kinds of employees throughout the aviation industry is that EVERYONE seemed to love their job.
I know there are those who have to deal with upset passengers, pilots who really would like to be flying a different aircraft or from the left seat, and controllers who are probably too stressed too many days. But, in general, they all seemed to love their job. There aren't too many professions that can boast such a high rating in that regard. I certainly can't think of any.
They love their job so much that they're happy to share it with anyone else who has some interest, as they did with my son. I thank all the folks through the years for that wonderful gift.
"There are none so blind as those who will not see."