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