Anything it is supposed to be

When I became a pediatrician, practicing rural medicine in the mansion where I was raised, I often told myself about this childish patient or that one, remembering my own childhood:  “This person has just arrived on this planet, knows nothing about it, has no standards by which to judge it.  This person does not care what it becomes.  It is eager to become absolutely anything it is supposed to be.”

– Dr. Wilbur Swain, Slapstick (Kurt Vonnegut)