What Is Your Occupation?

The Officer At The Driving License Counter Asked The Lady

” What is Your Occupation ? “

The Woman Seeking Renewal Of Her License Seemed To Be Puzzled.

So The Officer Said

” Ma’am, Are You Employed, Have Your Own Business Or……..

The Woman Replied

” Oh, Yes !!

I Have A Full Time Occupation.

I Am A Mother “

Officer : ” We Don’t Have ‘ Mother ‘ As An Option For Occupation.

I Will Write it Down As ‘ Housewife ‘.

That Takes Care Of All Questions.”

This Had Happened Long Ago,

And Was Forgotten.Years Later When I Went To Get My License,The Public Relations Officer Was A Somewhat Pompous. Woman.

” Your Occupation ? “

She Asked in A Rather Authoritative Tone.

I Just Had An inspiration And Replied

” I Am A Researcher in The Field Of Child Development, Nutrition And Inter-Personal Relationships” 

The Lady Officer Stared At Me in Amazement.

I Calmly Repeated My Statement And She Wrote it Down Verbatim.

Then, Unable To Conceal Her Curiosity,

She Politely Asked

” What Exactly Do You Do in Your Profession, Ma’am ? “

I Was Feeling Good About Having Described My Occupation So Calmly And Confidently.

So I Replied

” My Research Projects Have Been Going On For A Number Of Years

( Mothers Never Retire !! ).

My Research is Conducted in The Laboratory As Well As in The Field.

I Have Two Bosses.

(One is God and the other is my entire family).

I Have Received Two Honors in This Field.

(A son and a daughter)

My Topic is Considered To Be The Most Difficult Part Of Sociology.

( All Moms will Agree!! ).

I Have To Work More Than 14 Hours Every Day.

Sometimes Even 24 Hours Are Not Enough And The Challenges Are Tougher Than Many Other Professions.

My Compensation is in Terms Of Mental Satisfaction Rather Than Money “

I Could See That The Officer Was Thoroughly impressed.

After Completing The Licensing Formalities,

She Came To The Door To See Me Off.

This New Viewpoint About My Occupation Made Me Feel Much Better On My Way Back Home.

I Was Welcomed By My 5 Year Old Research Assistant At The Door.

I Had Earned A Small Victory Over The Governmental Red Tape Today.

I Was No Longer ‘ Merely A Mother ‘,

instead I Was Now A Highly Placed

Functionary in A Service Vital For Mankind -Motherhood !!

‘ Mother ‘ – Isn’t it A Great Title.

Fit To Be Added To The Nameplate On The Door !!

By This Standard, Grandmothers Deserve To Be Called Senior Research Officers, And Great Grandmothers Qualify As ‘ Research Directors ‘.

Aunts And Other Ladies Of That Age Group Can Be Called ‘ Research Facilitators ‘


10 Responses to What Is Your Occupation?

  1. Soft maths September 10, 2013 at 7:32 PM #

    Sure i will tell all girls to proud as a female.

  2. shakil May 23, 2013 at 3:42 PM #

    Doing about 1/2 of the jobs at home I can HIGHLY appreciate the above. Yes and after a full day at the office, it is not easy to reconcile.

  3. Preeti May 23, 2013 at 12:29 PM #

    Nice… really true…. 🙂

    • nisreen August 24, 2013 at 1:04 PM #

      great occupation

      • Ali - Admin August 26, 2013 at 7:11 PM #


  4. sharif123 May 22, 2013 at 8:19 PM #


  5. ADEGOKE WAHAB May 22, 2013 at 3:45 PM #

    great!!! it is prestigious to be a responsible mother

  6. shade May 22, 2013 at 1:57 PM #


  7. ahmed Bello May 22, 2013 at 1:09 PM #

    A mother is not a researcher in the sense of a social or scientific researcher as we know it. Her children are not research samples. She cannot afford to conduct her children through dicey tests and obtain results that often turn out to be fallible. A mother is rather God’s instrument for conducting the amazin task of moulding first, infants, then toddlers, and then adolescents into morally and psychologically functional persons fit for the societies into which they are born. A mother is therefore more than a researcher. Who will say what the occupation of a father is in this perspective?

  8. Nazeer Ataullah May 22, 2013 at 12:10 PM #

    Very true and very practical nice analysis.