I Am Not Unemployed


I was giving information at my new medical clinic and they asked me, among other questions, what my occupation was. I answered, “Homemaker.” I still cringe a bit when I say it, probably mostly because I’m worried that the person I’m talking to will think homemakers are lame. (I read a study recently that said much of America’s population thinks homemakers contribute to society the same as the elderly, blind, and retarded. It’s a terrible study on many fronts, but I won’t go into all that here.)
The girl I was giving the information to reviewed the information and, when she got to occupation, said “Unemployed.” I stopped her. I said, “No, I’m not unemployed, I’m a homemaker.” And she said, “Well, you don’t have a job, so that would make you unemployed.” I responded that the word “unemployed” insinuated that I was without or looking for work, and that that was not the case.
She was clearly frustrated with me at this point and explained that her pulldown menu didn’t have “homemaker” on it. So, I told her to select “education” or “maid” or “counselor” or “manager” or some other job that described a sliver of what I do. She said she couldn’t do that because it would be lying. So, I copped out a bit (poor girl) and said, “I’ve been a teacher for many years, I have my master’s degree in education, why don’t you just mark me as ‘Education’ then.” She was satisfied with that.
Ugh. I hate stuff like this.