Friday, September 15, 2006

She Said "Housewife"

I just called to make an eye appointment. Since it's my first appointment with this doctor, the woman making the appointment had to take down all sorts of information.

She asked me where I was employed.

I couldn't bring myself to say that I wasn't employed anywhere, so I said, "I'm employed at home."

She said, "Ok, housewife."

Housewife.

10 comments:

Darby said...

"I'm a Mom!" That's my standard reply to that question. Because we work just as hard. :)

Mary Beth said...

Good answer. Seeing as I haven't been doing this for very long, that question still throws me. If I'd been thinking faster, I would have said that I think. She probably still would've written down "housewife."

anna said...

I like the term Domestic Engineer. Or to throw them off you could say..."I'm supermom" cause it's so true!

Jennifer said...

How rude! When I worked in the investment business and took account applications, I was always conscientious about that question. I trained myself to say "Do you work outside the home?" Because God knows stay at home mothers work their behinds off.

Anonymous said...

Hey, can you get me a sandwich?

John W.

gavin richardson said...

what happens if i am at home, while my wife works? do i get to be a "housedad" or "mister mom"??

Mary Beth said...

Jay was a SAHD for the first seven months of Joshua's life. He said that if the same question had been posed to him he would have stated that his occupation was "deadbeat."

Laura said...

I never quite got used to that question when I was home. It's funny to me how much we identify ourselves by our job. I loved staying at home with Ty and I wouldn't have changed it for anything, but whenever I had to state occupation I had that same little "bump" you described. Moms just can't win.

Montana Dave said...

Boy, talk about a double standard. When people ask me, I say I work from home, and they still assume I have a 9-5 gig. You're right, it ain't fair.

Hey, while you're up, I could use a sandwich too... ;)

Mary Beth said...

I think you could use a swift kick in the pants! :)