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April 17th, 2014

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10:18 pm - Dad
The following is attributed, not necessarily accurately, to Mark Twain:
"When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years."

Likewise, as an adolescent, I tolerated my dad poorly. I presented a problem he couldn't solve, no matter how hard he tried. Today, I feel very lucky about how good of a conversation I can have with him, and how he can get to the root of a problem and provide a helpful perspective. He is a scientist and I'm a clinical social worker, but I think asking useful questions is central to both jobs.

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