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July 17th, 2008, 10:21 AM
Mega Super Mommy
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Montgomery, TX
Posts: 3,438
I got this in an email today....and LOVED it!

A woman, renewing her driver's license at the Motor
Registration office, was asked by the counter clerk to state her
occupation.She hesitated, uncertain how to classify herself.
'What I mean is,' explained the counter clerk, 'do you have
a job or are you just a ..?'
'Of course I have a job,' snapped the woman.'I'm a Mum.'
'We don't list 'Mum' as an occupation, 'housewife' covers
it,' Said the clerk emphatically.
I forgot all about her story until one day I found
myself in the same situation, this time at our own Medicare
office. 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 family) 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 Mum.' 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 Human Relations' And great
grandmothers 'Executive Senior Research Associates?' I think so!!! I also
think it makes Aunts 'Associate Research Assistants
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July 17th, 2008, 11:46 AM
Platinum Supermommy
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: TX
Posts: 11,573
I've seen this before but I never get tired of reading it. Thanks for sharing it.

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July 17th, 2008, 01:06 PM
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Ha, ha that's great!!! I love it!!!
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July 17th, 2008, 02:53 PM
Mega Super Mommy
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Australia
Posts: 4,284
I love it! Thank's for sharing.
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July 17th, 2008, 03:50 PM
Platinum Supermommy
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posts: 24,588
Well said! I work 10 times harder as a mom than I ever did with any career I had!!!
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