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> A woman named Emily renewing her driver"s license 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 mum."
> "We don"t list "mum" 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 woman, poised, efficient, and
> possessed of a high sounding title like, "Official Interrogator".
> "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 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 mum."
> 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" and great-great grandmothers "Executive
> Directors of Senior Research Studies"? I think so!!! I also think it makes
> Aunts and Godmothers "Associate Research Assistants"

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