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Mind Over Miller: A lesson from my father
This column originally appeared in the June 1974 issue of Veterinary Medicine.


VETERINARY MEDICINE


My father was only five when he lost his own father, who died of a ruptured appendix, rattling along in a wagon bed in a futile attempt to get him to a physician. Dad had only a few years of formal education. By the age of 14, his schooling had ended, and he went to work as a full-time farm hand. If I remember correctly, he got $10 a month and his keep.

I always thought of myself as a person who worked hard for his income and managed his financial affairs with prudence and conservatism. But suddenly, as I sat in the cab of the truck looking at my father, I felt affluent, ungrateful, rather spoiled, and a little ashamed. But I also felt proud to have this kind of man for a father.

Robert M. Miller, DVM, is an author and a cartoonist, speaker, and Veterinary Medicine Practitioner Advisory Board member from Thousand Oaks, Calif. His thoughts in "Mind Over Miller" are drawn from 32 years as a mixed-animal practitioner. Visit his Web site at http://www.robertmmiller.com/.


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