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Friday, May 07, 2010

Today not too much going on. I wanted to do some Mother related stories in Honor of Mother's day. I am not a Mom so to speak other than my four legged babies. My Mother I lost in 2001. Although it has been a number of years I think of her daily. "Mom would have done this..." I was really close with my Mom. I was the baby and the last to leave the nest. My husband and I lived with her for 3 years until we got our house in 2000. My Mom has been a large influence with my DH and he thought of her more as his mom than his own.

I have wonderful memories of my Mom. I am going to share one of my vivid memories with you. If you notice my backround is of azelas. My Mom loved flowers. We had a large front yard, middle and then the house had a side yard. The back of our home was a creek. Our drive ran along side of the top two yards with a slope toward the house.

In the middle of these two yards at the top of the slope my Mom had 5 azaleas bushes. One big one in the middle was white. Then two on each side in pink and purple. On the middle of the slope she had over 20 montain pink in shades of purple and pink. It was all framed in stone. In front of the stone there were tulips all planted along it. It was breath taking. It was her pride and joy. I found a picture but of course the colors have faded and I don't have a scanner.

Here is a great story I wanted to share with you. Enjoy!

"Just a Mom"
By Author Unknown

A woman named Emily 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 Emily. "I'm a mother."

"We don't list 'mother' 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, 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 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, (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 triumphant! 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 mother."

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".

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    3909 days ago
  • CHRYS13
    Thanks for sharing the memories of your Mother. I am still so blessed to have my Mom, just wish we could be together more. There are too many miles between us, but we email twice daily and talk on the weekends!
    Thanks for the beautiful poem you left on my page.
    Wishing you a lovely weekend,
    3909 days ago
  • SUNNY332
    What a great story and what a touching share about your memories of your Mother and her garden.

    Thanks for reaching out and touching me today.

    3909 days ago
    I agree whole heartedly. I have a masters and hope to become a senior research assistant.I have graduated where don't do the lab work anymore. My kids are grown and don't have to worry about diaper,vomiting and other messy jobs. Thanks for the story. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3909 days ago
  • -CEEG-
    I'm an Associate Research Assistant!

    No children of my own but helped raise my nephew and even answered to Dada for a few months while my nephew tried to associate the names his preschool friends used with the people in his own life.

    We got him straightned out and I've been "Auntie!" ever since, he's 22 now and graduating college this month.
    3909 days ago
    I am an Associate Research Assistant and love my new title. Thank you.

    My sister works out of her home, and I think she works harder than I do. I sit at a desk al day and while it can be mentally draining, she is running up and down stairs, running to catch the phone, writing out notices to delivery to residents, doing office work, keeping track of maintenance calls her husband needs to do, and the list goes on. On top of this, she home schooled 3 of her children! She definitely is a Research Associate in the field of Child Development and Human Relations and she is also a Senior Research Associates in the field of Child Development and Human Relations LOL

    Many people figure that she has all kinds of free time and don't understand why she can't do this or that or volunteer for such and such something else.

    I don't envy her job, that's for sure!
    3909 days ago
    I love your blog !!! Also a beautiful way to rember your MOM!!! HAPPY MOTHER" DAY to you, and FLURRY!!! Thank you for the beautiful comments
    on my page!!! Have a great day!!! You always start my day very special: I truly
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    3909 days ago
    Love it! Happy mum's day.
    3909 days ago
    3909 days ago
    Your mom instilled a love of all things beautiful and positive in YOU! She lives on through all the love you give to others. She is very proud of you; you may not be a "biological" mother, but you love and care for so many! THAT is what defines a "mom" in the purest sense of the definition. emoticon emoticon
    3909 days ago
    great. think I will blog about my Mom on mother's day.
    3909 days ago
  • TRISH106
    I loved this story. I never considered myself as " Just a stay at home Mom". I feel like I actually worker harder when my children where at home than I ever had to work in an office.
    Thank you for all the Mom's who choose to Stay home as long as they can afford to do so.
    3909 days ago
    "just a mother" = silliest expression ever. Great post!
    3909 days ago
    I LOVE IT!!!!
    3910 days ago
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