Here are the girls' current career aspirations: Hillary wants to be a herpetologist, a zoologist, or a science teacher; Abigail wants to be a pediatrician; and Suzanna wants to be an obstetrician/gynecologist. With at least two of them as doctors, Susan and I should be well taken care of in retirement.
To prepare for a career in medicine, Suzanna has taken advantage of an opportunity to volunteer this summer at the local hospital. Having completed 7th grade, she is now old enough to volunteer there; so she filled in an application and asked people to serve as references and sat for an interview, and they accepted her! She will volunteer one day a week greeting and helping patients at one of the hospital entrances; and one or two days, she will work in medical records with sorting and filing, etc.
Her first shift was this morning, and she enjoyed it! She has a photo ID and a shirt with the hospital's logo on it, so she looks very official. Today she spent a lot of time visiting with elderly men who engaged her in conversation as they waited for their appointments. Tomorrow she will learn what her medical records duties involve.