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Doctor's mother did not work outside of the home, and the young family remained poor all of the
Family Doctor's life, making about $29,000 per year for a family of six.
The Family Doctor's father mostly worked for other people, but he tried to open his own
mechanic shop at their home. The Family Doctor helped his father during that time, going with
him during the night when his father made mobile calls at the local truck stop. The Family
Doctor enjoyed the work, but his father stopped making the late night, truck stop calls when his
son began college and could no longer assist him.
From an early age, the Family Doctor was told he should either be a doctor or a lawyer.
With little formal education, the Family Doctor's parents believed that only doctors or lawyers
could make enough money to support their families, so they pushed all of their children into one
of these professions. All of the Family Doctor's siblings except his brother are in the process of
taking one or both of these routes. One sister is entering medical school; one sister is studying for
law school, and the Family Doctor's youngest sister wants to become a physician and a lawyer.
His brother graduated from the police academy.
While the Family Doctor dreamed of being a physician when he grew up, he had many
other things that he wanted to try before he settled down to his chosen profession. He tried
extracurricular activities such as football and band when he was young, but his father forcibly
removed the Family Doctor from football, saying he feared that the Family Doctor would be
injured. The Family Doctor also quit band because his parents could not afford the instrument
that he wanted to play.
His father allowed the Family Doctor to participate in baseball in high school, but that
was the only extracurricular activity that the Family Doctor participated in on a continuous basis.
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