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> A woman, renewing her driver's license at the County Clerk 's office,
> Was asked by the woman recorder to state her occupation.
> She hesitated, uncertain how to classify herself.
> "What I mean is, " explained the recorder,
> "do you have a job or are you just a ...?"
> "Of course I have a job," snapped the woman.
> "I'm a Mom."
> "We don't list 'Mom' as an occupation,
> 'housewife' covers it,"
> Said the recorder emphatically.
> I forgot all about her story until one day I found myself
> In the same situation, this time at our own Town Hall.
> The Clerk was obviously a career woman, poised,
> Efficient, and possessed of a high sounding title like,
> "Official Interrogator" or "Town Registrar."
> "What is your occupation?" she probed.
> What made me say it? I do not know.
> The words simply popped out.
> "I'm a Research Associate in the field of
> Child Development and Human Relations."
> The clerk paused, ball-point pen frozen in midair and
> Looked up as though she had not heard right.
> I repeated the title slowly emphasizing the most significant words.
> Then I stared with wonder as my pronouncement was written,
> In bold, black ink on the official questionnaire.
> "Might I ask," said the clerk with new interest,
> "just what you do in your field?"
> Coolly, without any trace of fluster in my voice,
> I heard myself reply,
> "I have a continuing program of research,
> (what mother doesn't)
> In the laboratory and in the field,
> (normally I would have said indoors and out).
> I'm working for my Masters, (first the Lord and then the whole
> And already have four credits (all daughters).
> Of course, the job is one of the most demanding in the humanities,
> (any mother care to disagree?)
> And I often work 14 hours a day, (24 is more like it).
> But the job is more challenging than most run-of-the-mill careers
> And the rewards are more of a satisfaction rather than just money."
> There was an increasing note of respect in the clerk's voice as she
> Completed the form, stood up, and personally ushered me to the door.
> As I drove into our driveway, buoyed up by my glamorous new career,
> I was greeted by my lab assistants -- ages 13, 7, and 3.
> Upstairs I could hear our new experimental model,
> (a 6 month old baby) in the child development program,
> Testing out a new vocal pattern.
> I felt I had scored a beat on bureaucracy!
> And I had gone on the official records as someone more
> Distinguished and indispensable to mankind than "just another Mom."
> Motherhood!
> What a glorious career!
> Especially when there's a title on the door.
> Does this make grandmothers
> "Senior Research associates in the field of Child Development and
> Relations"
> And great grandmothers
> "Executive Senior Research Associates?"
> I think so!!!
> I also think it makes Aunts
> "Associate Research Assistants."
> May your troubles be less,
> Your blessing be more,
> And nothing but happiness come through your door!

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Comment by Kathy B on September 23, 2009 at 9:22am
LOL - I love this. Thanks for sharing. I went to a retreat last week-end to work on my PhD, actually I worked on several (Project's Half Done). If nothing else, I learned that much. My "PhD" is in fiber and textiles. That works for me. As the gals explained it to me, you have your BS (we all know what that is), then we have our MS (more of the same), and now we have our PhD. Loved it.
Comment by scroogie/MD on July 1, 2009 at 12:53pm
I love it. People never know what to think when you throw out a big title like that. I used to tell people I was an "organic waste removal technician" back in the 80's. I shoveled cow manure out of the barn after we were done milking everyday. my alternate title was professional farmers daughter.
Comment by Chris Bell/IA on June 3, 2009 at 5:54am
I have to agree with all the others!!! How sweet it is!!! Love it!!! Thanks for sharing that!!
Comment by Marla Southers on May 28, 2009 at 5:40pm
How wonderful! Thanks for sharing!
Comment by Gayle/La. on May 28, 2009 at 3:29pm
I love it!!!! I hate how they always show us women as unclassified, unimportant people. I tell you from experience that my DH or my 3 DChildren could not find their selves without my assistance. I am all of those titles but seldom shown respect for any.
Comment by Barbara Graham on May 28, 2009 at 8:47am
I love that! A friend of mine says she's a stay home mom except the children have moved out.
Comment by Fay Rawls on May 28, 2009 at 8:37am
This is super great! One of the best things I've read in a long time.
Comment by ranchmom/OR on May 28, 2009 at 7:17am
That is so true, I find that on the Ranch my husband is a Rancher, but I am just a housewife.
Comment by Cheryl / NC on May 28, 2009 at 6:35am
AMEN! From a Senior Research associate!
Comment by Patricia, VA on May 28, 2009 at 5:45am
I share all 3 titles? AMEN!

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