A few lines to wish all moms a restful Happy Mothers Day and thanks for taking time in caring for children who are the future of our communities and society. Taking time out for ourselves and our children is important for the family is the center of our society. A special thanks to all Dads who also help in many ways to make it all happen by assisting families in remaining strong. Thank you Moms for all you do and contributions to our communities. Information and photos below were sent via e-mail by James Madison researcher and historian of Denver Colorado.
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 very 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,
very efficient, and possessed of a high sounding title like,
‘Official Interrogator’ or ‘Town Registrar.’
“And 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.
So, 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, and without any trace of fluster in my voice,
I heard myself reply,
“I have a continuing program of research,
(what mother doesn’t, right?)
in the laboratory and in the field,
(normally I would have said indoors and out).
I’m working for my Masters, (first my Lord Jesus 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 now 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 .’
What a glorious career!
Especially when there’s a title on the door