Thursday, July 28, 2011

Just a Mom?

I saw this at work back in May and made a copy. I ran across it while I was looking for some other paperwork and thought I would share it with you.

Just a Mom?

A women, renewing her driver's licence, was asked by the women at Registry to state her occupation. She hesitated, uncertain how to classify herself.
'What I mean is,' explained the woman at the registry, '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. The clerk was obviously a career women, poised, efficient,and possessed of a high sounding title like, 'Official Interrogator' or 'City Registrar.'
'What is your occupation?' she probed.
What made me say it? I do not know. They 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 started with wonder as my pronouncement was written, in bold black in on official questionnaire.
'Might I ask,' said the clerk with new interest, 'just what do 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 the field, (normally I would have said indoors and out)I'm working for for my Masters, (first the Lord and then the whole family) and already have four credits (four 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 the 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 13,7,and 3. Upstairs I could here 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'
What a glorious career!
Especially when there's a title on the door.


Kiley said...

I'm not a sahm but I love this and think it is hilarious she was able to pull it off! Thanks for sharing :)

Nita T. said...

Moms everywhere applaud! :) I love this! The least favorite question I ever got when I decided to stay home with my babies was "So, what do you DO all day?" Ha! How much time do you have? :) TFS!

June Houck said...

I haven't seen this in a while…love it…thanks for sharing! My other favorite titles are "Julia's mom" and "Kathryn's mom."

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Monique Barr said...

Just awesome, I love it

Toni said...

Love this Karlee. Thanks for sharing.

TropicKrafts said...

That was a cute story!! Thanks for sharing!!


Donya/Okscrappinmama said...

Yeah!! What a great story and perfect way to answer that all important question. I too was asked once (like Nina's post above)
"what do you do all day?" My response "how much time do you have for me to respond!"


handmadebymia said...

being in the mommy club is the coolest thing ever. it
s better than anything in the world. there is no paid amount that could ever compare with the hugs and kisses from ones

Bunny said...

*claps proudly* Amazing amazing amazing. I don't think I can say anything else, I'm pretty much speechless.

Ildi-The craftin mama said...

What a great story!! I think I will print it and frame it!! Thanks for sharing Karlee and welcome back!!

Ildi-The Craftin Mama

LUV2SCRAP said...

Nufff SAID!!! Love it!

Country Twinkle said...

Mother is a very important job! Kudos to you!

McEwens said...

i love this! I found myself giggling at everything.


Karr said...

ROTFL! That was an great story...LOVE IT...Standing O to all MOMS EVERYWHERE!!!!

JFay thompson said...

really cute and cool. jfay thompson(

Kristina said...

Love it! Do you mind if I share this story on my blog too?

Creatively Counting My Blessings

marenmat said...

Whoohoo! This is too funny! And I must say as 'just' a mom, sometimes you really do want to shout out to the world that you would like some more credit than 'just' being a mom!

Thanks for the story, gives my cofidence a little boost and a HUGE smile on my face ;o))

Kim. said...

Ha ha this is great, love that the person was able to pull it off.
Kim xXx

CraftyJAR said...

I love it!!! Its just so perfect! Thanks for sharing!

Angie said...

I love this!! Thanks for sharing and putting a smile on my face today =)

Frank-LEE Speaking... said...

Ohhhh I so love this story, I'm definitely going to copy this. TFS, Felicia

MissChelle said...

Thanks so much for sharing that Karlee! I can't say how many times I've heard the "Oh, you're just a mom?" and I think "No...not JUST a mom, also a chef, a maid, a teacher..." LOL Anyway...this made me smile. Thanks.

Debbie said...

I am not a SAHM but cannot imagine someone being so rude that they would question a stay at home mom. Where I am from, we ask do you work outside the home, because we know staying at home is just as hard or harder than an outside of the home "job". I get the "how do you work with 4 kids question" from all types of people but you know what, we make it work. My kids have two parents that work hard to give them a good life and to bring them up with values and integrity and it is not easy but we do it the best way we can. Just like all loving parents do. I certainly do not like when others force their perceptions either way and am glad to hear this lady stood up for herself.

BillsGirl said...

I love it! I tell people I am a Domestic Engineer!


Scrappy Pink Corner said...

I love this. Where did you find it. I will have to use this from now on, even though my girls are both away at college.

Cricutbug - Marie said...

Thanks so much for sharing. What a GREAT story!

Lindyann said...

Just had to let you know how touched I was by your post. And congratulations - you've defined exactly what our "job responsibilities" entail; all that is left is to add the unconditional love and loyalty! Thanks for making my day!

Jim and Jami said...

love this!!!!!!!!

Lisa M. Lam said...

I LOVE it!!!

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