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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


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 Mom."


Motherhood! . What a glorious career! Especially when there's a

title on the door.


Does this makegrandmothers"Senior Research associates in the field

of Child Development and Human Relations" andgreat grandmothersExecutive

Senior Research Associates"? I think so!!! I also think it makes Aunts

"Associate Research Assistants.

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