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I don't know about you guys but I found this funny in a very nice sort of way:


A woman named Emily 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 Emily. "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 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


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, (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


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 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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