…than people who assume I left my PhD program because I “got married.”
How is that even logical? …Maybe I don’t want to know how that makes sense to them.
Filed under No Good Day
Tagged as Crazy folk, Feministing, Grad School
C’mon, Mormon women did it in the 60s all the time. Except for my mom, who finished her bachelors in the first year of marriage while simultaneously typing my dad’s papers for him so he would pass his third year of law school. My parents are my heroes.
Assumptions other people make about us usually are ridiculous/frustrating. Especially when we are in the middle of trying to figure out what the heck we actually want to do with our lives. Usually it just takes living and being brave enough to recognize what we don’t want before we figure out what we truly want to devote ourselves to. It took me tinkering around in London, on a mission, and in Boston before I figured it out. Some folks just don’t get that.
(p.s. I love & miss you and I am, in fact, still alive despite drowning in mountains of coursework)
It’s just plain annoying when people don’t give other people space to do their own thing and to define themselves. The thing I get most often (and it does bug me) is the confused look when it comes up in conversation that I have a graduate degree and–wait…what?…I’m sorry?–I’m a stay-at-home mom! People don’t usually get that. Their eyes light up when I mention my degree and they excitedly ask what I’m doing with it now. In this world of consumerism and willing sacrifice on the altar of the 80-hour workweek at a job you don’t even love, I guess it’s hard for people to understand the notion of education for education’s sake.
Don’t even get me started on what happens when I mention my interest in homeschooling my children…
Venting complete. Joy in the fact that the people that truly matter to you get it.
LJ, kia, Raven — Word. Word on all of that.
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