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Mom as a career?

Moms View Message Board: General Discussion: Archive October 2006: Mom as a career?
By Heaventree on Tuesday, October 3, 2006 - 09:33 am:

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 "To wn 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, (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 a re 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 door.

Does this make grandmothers "Senior Research associates in the field of Child Development and Hu man Relations" and great grandmothers Executive Senior Research Associates"? I think so!!! I also think it makes Aunts "Associate Research Assistants.

By Latonya on Tuesday, October 3, 2006 - 11:42 am:

That was great! I will be a SAHM in a few weeks after working at the University of Florida for the last 2 yrs. I was feeling mixed emotions over it because I wanted a career so badly and now I am going back were I started. I know how hard it can be to be a full time mom and wasn't sure I wanted that again but I know I want to spend as much time as I can with my youngest before he is ready for preschool next year. Thank you for posting this. It sure made my day!

By Trina~moderator on Tuesday, October 3, 2006 - 11:48 am:

An oldie but GOODIE! :)

By Sandysmom on Tuesday, October 3, 2006 - 04:34 pm:

I LOVE it!!! LOL


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