Wednesday, March 19


I have had a migraine since Friday -- so I have not created anything lately. Gina Emailed this to me and I thought I would pass it along. I hope you all enjoy it!!!

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 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, (first the Lord and then the whole 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 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."


Michelle said...

LOVE this!

Wife2TJ said...

Hope you feeling better! I get migraines a few times a week and they are awful.

Rita said...

I loved this Corie!!! I was a SAHM for years & how true it is that people always looked at us as "Just a wife & mom" like our job was not important. Lets hear it for all the SAHM's! YEAH!!!!
I did use "Domestic engineer" once when visiting LA...that felt good too. Hahaha!!!

Jope you feel better soon sweetie!

Lee said...

I got that one in an e-mail from a friend not long ago.......isn't it just AWESOME!!!! Hope you're feeling better......migraines are nasty!!!

Deborah said...

Classic! You rock Corie! Thanks for passing it on!Deb

Debbie/StudioBeeCreations said...

Oh Corie.....speaking from my own personal experiences with migraines, my thoughts and prayers are with you....they are NOT Fun!...I ALWAYS appreciate your lists...and view each and every one....and THANKS SO MUCH for sharing the story about are a blessing to me......Debbie/StudioBeeCreations

Dawn Easton said...

Hope your migraine goes away and STAYS away. I know what you are going through. I suffer from them too.

LOL @ this story....thanks for was a good laugh!

Beth Norman said...

Corie, I hope your migraine settles down. DH gets them, and I feel so bad when he does. I'm sorry you suffer from migraines. The story you shared put a smile on my face. TFS.


Gina Wrona said...

Hi Corie,

I'm so glad you liked the email. I know exactly how you feel with a migraine, that is the only headache I've ever gotten. I don't know what a normal headache is. Fortunately for me as I've gotten older they've gotten less sevre. What works for me right now is Exedrin for Migraines as long as I take it early enough before the spots get too bad. Then if I'm not feelin' better after 15-30 minutes, I'll take 2 more pills. Unfortunately when there is a change in the weather's barametric pressure brings it on. Sometimes going to the chiropractor to make sure my spine is correctly aligned helps.


Alexandra said...

This is fantastic Corie, I love this!! What an awesome story and so so true for all us moms!!! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

Shannon McGann said...

Sorry to hear you're not feeling well. I hope you're better soon! I love this Mom job description! This is so true!

kathleenh said...

This is great! I love this! I hope you're feeling better.