The other day, my daughter and I were walking and talking.
Daughter: Do you remember when I did that profile of you for Mother's Day for a school assignment?
Me: Of course I remember. You drew a picture of me and you wrote a very kind of description of me and my life. I especially liked the part about the "laugh lines".
D: When we were writing about our moms, our teacher told us to stop writing so much about our mother's job. She said that was boring, and we should write instead about our mother's hobbies and what our mom did for fun because that was more important.
Me: What did you think about that?
D: I thought it was stupid so I ignored it.
Me: Why? Because I don't have hobbies?
D: You have hobbies, they are just strange hobbies, but that's not why. I told my teacher that you love your job and so it is an important part of you. You do your job for fun, and so it's not just a job, and I wanted to write about that.
Me: What you wrote was great. I wonder why your teacher thought that mother's jobs weren't interesting or important to write about. She clearly loves her job, and she's a great teacher.
D: Yeah, it was weird.
10 years ago