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claire 1

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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 registering her new baby and was 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."

"And 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 pompous 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 (two sons and two 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 in 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---age 10, 9, and 6. And upstairs, I could hear our new experimental model (3 years) 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 down on the official records as someone more distinguished and indispensable to mankind than "just another......"

Home...what a glorious career. Especially when there's a title on the door.


Claire x
 

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lmao , that is ace!! :) , i would love to be able to come up with an answer like that ,
 

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Fantastic answer!! I am sick of being told that I am JUST a mum. I wish I could think on my feet like you did!! I always think of a good reply half an hour later!!!
 

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Hehehe. Good one. It sure makes a change from saying, "just a mum". :lol:
 

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How funny is that?????????
All I ever wanted was to be a "mum", thats far too complicated for me. Well done to you
 

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EXCELLENT !!!

Wish I could think of something like that when put on the spot! I'd come up with the answer when I was laid in bed that night fuming about it!!!!!!

Just goes to show...us mums are never just mums....
 

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FANTASTIC!!!!!!!

I also wish I could think like that when put on the spot!!!! :lol:
 

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I'm rehearsing and rehearsing your reply so that it's engrained in my memory....what a wonderful job title and description!

So the saying goes...put that in your pipe and smoke it (to officialdom)!!
 

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fantastic ill remember that xx
 

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