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Does your family have branches like that, too? My mom is one of eight first cousins; her father and his two brothers were both attorneys (as was their dad). She went to college, as did her two sisters, and their three cousins. One of my uncles went to college, and is retired from a professional position; however, his wife's extended clan in their small city backwater area are somewhat hick-ish; his kids are in their 30's with no sign of going beyond high school at all. My mother's other brother dropped out of high school in his senior year to join the navy, his kids - one regular HS grad (a supermarket checker in his 50's who not long ago said he "might like to go to med school"), one HS dropout, one kid (HS grad) with a good job, but is completely nuts, and one vocational school grad who did run his own business before his death a couple of years back; his ex wife's older son served time for armed robbery, and is back in again I understand, and my deceased cousin's kid was living in a household of relatives on his mom's side not far removed from a Jerry Springer cast. If I sound snobbish, I'll accept that. But, I'm interested to hear how similar situations might've happened in other families.

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