MUST READ!!! Hillarious story. Not from me, but hillarious!!

Jess - posted on 11/06/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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A woman named Emily renewing her drivers 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 don't know... The words simply popped out. " I'm a Research Associate in the field of Child Development and Human Relations." The clerk paused, ballpoint 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 questionaire.
"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 other mother care to disagree?) and I often work 14 or more 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 my 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 a new vocal pattern. I felt I had scored a beat on bureaucracy! And, I had gone on the official record as someone more distinguished and indispensable to mankind than "just another stay at home 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 grand-mothers " Executive Senior Research Associates"? I think so!!! I also think that it makes Aunts "Associate Research Assistants".

ONCE AGAIN I WOULD LIKE TO STRESS THAT THIS IS NOT A PERSONAL STORY, BUT ONE THAT CAME TO ME IN AN E-MAIL A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO THAT I HAVE TREASURED AND LAUGHED AT MORE THAN ONCE WHEN BEING A "RESEARCH ASSOCIATE" GETS A LITTLE ROUGH IN THE GOING. I HOPE IT WILL DO THE SAME FOR YOU:)

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Theresa - posted on 11/08/2009

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This is sooooo Great - thank you so much for sharing! Finally a "Title" that fits!!!

Danielle - posted on 11/07/2009

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That is hilarious and so true! I love it. I will most defintly pass this on to friends and family! THank you for sharing this!

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