Podcast #41 A Family

Published in the category General Practice, Life in the USA

My family is pretty much average sized. I’ve got one brother and one sister. They are both married and I am single. My brother Frank is the eldest and I am the youngest. He has had a fairly successful life. He’s an executive in a solid company and makes a good living. His wife has decided to stay at home with their two kids for now. When their youngest is in high school she hopes to start a doctoral program. I think she really has her head on her shoulders. My sister Debbie is another story. She has never thought well of herself. Her husband isn’t good at anything. He has had more jobs than you can count. He does not treat my sister very well. Luckily he is not interested in having children. He would be a terrible father. My folks and I think it is just a matter of time before they get divorced. As far as I’m concerned, the sooner the better. I hate to see my sister trapped in a dead-end situation. Once she’s on her own again, she can start building a future. She can count on her family for support. But the responsibility to make good choices will be hers.

My family is pretty much average sized.

I would say my family is just about average in size.

I’ve got one brother and one sister.

I have two siblings, a sister and a brother.

They are both married and I am single.

They are both married and I am still a bachelor.

My brother Frank is the eldest and I am the youngest.

My brother Frank is the eldest and I am the baby of the family.

He has had a fairly successful life.

His life has been a fairly successful one.

He’s an executive in a solid company and makes a good living.

He’s in the executive ranks of a prosperous company and he makes big bucks.

His wife has decided to stay at home with their two kids for now.

His wife is at home with their two kids for the time being.

When their youngest is in high school she hopes to start a doctoral program.

When their youngest child reaches high school she plans to go for a PhD.

I think she really has her head on her shoulders.

I think she is a very level-headed individual.

My sister Debbie is another story.

My sister Debbie is a completely different story.

She has never thought well of herself.

She has never had a good self-image.

Her husband isn’t good at anything.

Her husband is a real loser.

He has had more jobs than you can count.

He bounces around from job to job.

He does not treat my sister very well.

His behavior towards my sister is not at all good.

Luckily he is not interested in having children.

Fortunately he has no interest in having children.

He would be a terrible father.

He would make a terrible father.

My folks and I think it is just a matter of time before they get divorced.

My parents and I think that they are headed for a divorce.

As far as I’m concerned, the sooner the better.

For my money, the sooner the better.

I hate to see my sister trapped in a dead-end situation.

It hurts me to see my sister in a hopeless situation.

Once she’s on her own again, she can start building a future.

Once she is independent, she can start putting her life together.

She can count on her family for support.

The support of her family is a given.

But the responsibility to make good choices will be hers.

But the burden of making good choices will be all hers.

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