A mother was asked by an officious clerk, ‘What is your occupation?’
She had dedicated herself to the raising of her children and felt that, though she was not financially compensated for her labour, her ‘job’ was of utmost importance. Besides, she resented it when people said she was ‘Just a housewife.’
So she told the clerk that she was a ‘Research Associate in the field of Child Development and Human Relations.’
Duly impressed, the clerk asked her what she did in her field.
This is how the mother replied:
‘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 in satisfaction rather than just money.’
Who can argue? I have been employed in meaningful and challenging careers. And though my own work has required years of study and training, the job that I feel is the most demanding (and rewarding), is that of parenting my children. And the most crucial.
One young woman said, ‘Mum, I’ll always love you, but I’ll never forgive you for cleaning my face with spit on a hanky!’
But you have to appreciate mothers. Like a Spanish proverb says, ‘An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.’
And a member of the clergy put it like this: ‘My mother practices what I preach.’
The job is one of the most difficult there is, but still remains popular. I think that may be because, though many jobs are important, none is more so.
Written by Steve Goodier
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