Monday, August 23, 2010

Educated definition of a Housewife (aka Mom)

I'm writing a polished draft of my thesis a friend sent this to me when I asked her to define MODERN DAY HOUSEWIFE:

A Mother’s Job Description 
A woman, renewing her driver's license at the Motor Registration office, was asked by the 
counter clerk to state her occupation.  

She hesitated, uncertain how to classify herself. 

"What I mean is," explained the counter clerk, "do you have a job or are you just a ...?" 
"Of course I have a job," snapped the woman. "I'm a Mum." 

"We don't list 'Mum' as an occupation, 'housewife' covers it," said the clerk emphatically. I 
forgot all about her story until one day I found myself in the same situation, this time at our 
own Medicare office. 

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 mid air 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 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?"  

I think so!!!  I also think it makes Aunts "Associate Research Assistants." 

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

First Day of School

Paige and James started school today. Paige began 3rd and James 1st. They were both so excited.

James sits at a desk surrounded by 3 girls - his teacher will soon learn how much he loves and teases girls.

A Successful first day - happy and smiling

James, Paige (and friend Seth) - good times. Abbey and I had a great day. I think we will have a few good months together (well, until Dec 11th or so when her title as baby will be usurped by "Baby Elle" (Ellenore Kathryn), I hope they will be bff's like Kelly & I have been.