A doctor or a minister

 When it comes to an
election, I always remember Mr. Goyude. He was a local politician in my
hometown. I often saw him outside the elementary school I went to,
waving and talking to kids. He would hand out his cards to kids, saying
‘Say hello to your parents for me!’ Some foolish kids boasted about
getting his autograph or shaking his hand. Every time I saw Mr. Goyude, I
felt pitiful for him. Japanese people say ‘A doctor or a minister,
which will you become?’ when they admire a promising child. Our family’s
next-door neighbor used to say it to me and each time, I hoped not to
be a minister because to become one, the process seemed so sad and
miserable. Now I’ve grown up and I became neither a doctor nor a
minister…

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