Tuesday, April 1, 2008

I received this in my email today from someone special. Thought i would share it here.

Be proud of being "just a Mom and a Housewife"
I think that is the hardest job of all and that is why most give it up for an outside job and let someone else "raise" their children.


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 occupai on,
'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 lowly 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

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 bureac racy!
And I had gone on the official records as someone more
distinguished and indispensable to mankind than 'just another Mom.'

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.'


Mimi said...

love the post...and especially love the job titles!!!

Rising Rainbow said...

Wow, I'm an executive! It's about darn time! lol

J.D. Scorpio said...

Go ahead Mysti…!!
That’s a lot better than my answer to their question; I think I would have said that, “I’m a Domestic Engineer”! But now that sounds kind of lacking… I like yours a lot better…………..!
I have a couple of, ‘background write up’s in my January post.
Anyway, I enjoyed your visit, and as always, you’re welcome anytime. Have a great day………… JD

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I wish I had this post years ago when my daughter was in Jr High. Obviously she must have had a situation at school concerning working -vs- SAHM because when she got home she questioned me about why I stay home and 'don't work'. Needless to say we had a long talk that day. Now that she is a mom herself, her point of view has changed alot.

Thanks for sharing this with us.

MYSTI said...

Thank you everyone for your comments. I truly appreciate them.

I hope you all have a blessed day!