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#1 of 11 Old 11-15-2001, 11:37 PM - Thead Starter
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I'm Just a Mother? --- Excuse Me!
> A few months ago, when I was picking up the children at
school, another
> mother I knew well rushed up to me. Emily was fuming with
indignation.
> "Do you know what you and I are?" she demanded. Before I could
answer
> and I didn't really have one handy ...she blurted out the
reason for her
> question.
>
> It seemed she had just returned from renewing her driver's
license at
> the County Clerk's office. Asked by the woman recorder to
state her
> occupation, Emily had 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 Emily. "I'm a mother." "We
don't list
> 'mother' 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 am 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 (the whole darned 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 (6 months) in the child-development program,
> testing out a new vocal pattern. I felt triumphant! 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 mother."
> Motherhood...what a glorious career. Especially when there's a title on
> the door.
> Send this to another Mother you know. Whether a stay at home Mom or a
> career Mom, we should all carry this title. 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.
>
> ====================================
> Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye
the Lord.
> Psa. 150:6
> ====================================
>
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#2 of 11 Old 11-16-2001, 12:27 AM
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Michele,
I have read this one b4, it is great! Thanks for sharing it with us!
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Said SO well!

I love it!

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That is great, and oh so true!!!
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Woohoo!! That says it all..and more!! Mothers have a harder job than anyone else in the world! And we deserve credit for it - thanks so much for posting this!
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#6 of 11 Old 11-16-2001, 04:40 PM - Thead Starter
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Your welcome
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Thank you for sharing.






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I am going to add that next time someone asks me what I do for a living, well I am a I am a Research Associate in the field of Child Development and Human Relations, oh and I am in customer support at an e-business company!! Tee Hee!!
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I really enjoyed that. Thanks Michele. I would say it is all true.
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#10 of 11 Old 11-17-2001, 10:26 PM - Thead Starter
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Yes Annie, I think it's very true and I wish more people felt that way too. Glad I could share it with you all
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Now that is one that i think i need to print off so my husband can see. Why is it that men feel that their job (no matter what it is), is harder than being a mom and "getting to stay at home all day"...getting to "rest and relax" when the little one is down for a nap??????
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