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Nice girlism was strong in my family; white, southern, protestant, my mother had three sisters, my father was the youngest of a large family who pretty much ran wild. Southerners frow up saying Ma'am and Sir. I, too, wanted to go to mecdical school. My parents insisted that I should become a nurse to see if I liked medicine; then I could continue on to my MD. In spite of the fact that my IQ places me in the top 2% I was always not good enough. Failed freshman chem so that I was safely off the MD track. I was the oldest of three girls. It has taken me years to realize that my mother suppressed my competitiveness as it mad her feel less than adequate if I excelled. I'm still "nice" at 75, everybody's favorite Mom, or Buddy. I'm afraid that I raised my daughtr to be like me.
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