Ok, so here is a question for you....... who am I? Or, more specifically, what am I?
I ask this for a reason. I had to fill in a form, you see, and the word "occupation" popped up. And I didn't actually know what to write. Housewife? Invalid? ( I hate that word. It makes you sound in - not quite - valid) Former cover supervisor/teacher? Blogger? Empty nester? Textile artist? Creative director of Linds Inc? Quilter? Crochet-er? (I just invented that word, I think. It looks weird.) Writer? Former SAHM? Or now a SAHG (stay at home granny) ? I am not old enough to be retired. Or a pensioner, although I do get a small pension so maybe I could be a pensioner after all.
One suggestion was to pop a little note in place saying that the block was too small to write everything I do/am in it. But how do you define yourselves? What do you pop in the occupation block?
I looked at what I have written in the about section over on the sidebar. So how do I condense that into one word? Person? Member of the community? Citizen?
It is a dilemma.
I really don't know what to write. I am not a wife, but I do have a house. Maybe a SAHG, pronounced sarg (not sarge) gggggg as it gate - maybe we can be SAHGS. It sounds quite posh. There are quite a few of us around now. We could be a new exclusive club. And look at any bewildered customs official with just a touch of benign grandmotherliness, and say "Why, dear boy, haven't you heard of the SAGHS? We are the new elite" or something like that.
Mind you, they may lock us up.
So, what other options are there for me, and those of you looking for a defining single word to describe what we do, which defines who we are?
We could, of course print cards listing all our many roles. Excellent idea. Big cards, so we can read the print easily.
You know, dishwasher, laundress, ironer, waitress, chef, chauffeur, stylist, hairdresser, maid, trouble shooter aka mender of messes, gardener, artistic director , fixer, plumber, telephonist, seamstress, dog walker, painter, singer, reader, computer whizz, comedian, hospital visitor, photographer, florist, beautician, nurse, encourager, interior decorator, musician, inventor, carpenter......
That would be Section 1a.
Section 1b would have the personal stuff....Mum, daughter, sister, granny, mother-in-law, sister-in-law, aunt, friend, (wife), cousin, 2nd cousin, 3rd cousin etc etc etc.
Section 2 could be the ethereal section....... Dreamer, thinker, planner, capturer of memories and baby teeth ....
Section 3 could be the section of choice. You know. The things we love to do. Like the writer, blogger, quilter, artist, crochet-er, baker, craftswoman, scrapbooker, card maker, knitter, dancer (I am not speaking of myself, you understand - the dancing part), candlestick maker, potter........
Maybe Grumpy Old Woman - GOW will cover it all perfectly adequately.........