This is for you and all our friends.
Have a Lovely Mother's Day!!!

Subject: JUST A MOM?   Worth repeating

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 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 Mom."   

Motherhood!   What a glorious career!   Especially when there's a
title on the door.

Does this make grandmothers "Senior Research associates "
And great grandmothers  "Executive Senior Research
Associates?"  

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

Please send this to another Mom, Grandmother,Aunt, and other
friends.

May your troubles be less, Your blessing be more,
And nothing but happiness come through your door!
Friends: Section 020
2008 May: Happy Mother's Day Messages from Friends
祝母親節快樂 !
祝你我的母親都快樂 !!
漂亮的蛋糕送給您 !!  祝您母親節快樂  !!!
received from 黃碧端 Pi-Twan Huang
Dear Family and Friends,
Hope this Mother's Day will be your very best by far!
Happy Mother's Day!
Best Wishes,
Ellen HuiYuan Chang
received from Ellen HY Chang
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Worth repeating
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