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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

    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

    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, (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

    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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    Default Re: Just a mom?

    I love this. A friend of mine sent this to me in an email about 3 yrs ago. I printed out on some really nice paper and hung it on my home office wall.

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