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my homework and push me all the time. Just, I would be in sports, you know? They would take
me out, just so I could study." The Family Doctor recounted a particular incident involving
football. When he was in elementary school, his parents allowed him to play football, but when
he went to junior high school, the Family Doctor continued to play football without his father's
permission. When the Family Doctor didn't come home from school right away one day, his
father knew that the Family Doctor was out playing football. So during the first football game of
the season, his father walked onto the field and picked the Family Doctor up by his shoulder
pads, put him over his shoulder, and carried him off the field. "He said, 'You've got to think of
injuries. What if you get your neck broken?' At the time, I didn't see that. I just wanted to play,
because it was fun. I thought I would be a football star. That was my goal. I told my dad, 'I can
do it.' He wanted me to be in education, and I said, 'I can do it. I can be a football player if I
want to.' He said, 'No.'" The Family Doctor said that in retrospect, he understood what his father
was saying, but at the time, he just wanted to play.
After the Family Doctor left home for medical school, he took up boxing and eventually
other contact sports, but while he lived at home with his parents, his father limited his athletic
and other extracurricular activities. "I think the reason my parents were so strict was because of
the education. You have to do education. Once you do your education, then you can do anything
you want. That's what they always say."
For many children, the push by parents toward one activity would force rebellion, but that
was not the case for the Family Doctor. Because his family followed the traditional Mexican
model, as evidenced by the intertwined coding of family and culture on the supermap, the Family
Doctor listened to his father and obeyed. "The Mexican culture, one thing that is, the men being
the head of the household. What he says goes. That's the way, that's in the Mexican culture,
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