Working In The Office Of Outdated Ideas

| Related | June 13, 2014

(I’ve just started a new job and I’m visiting my cousin in another part of the country. She’s taken me to her local nursing home to visit my elderly auntie who I haven’t seen for several years.)

Aunt: “So, what does your husband do?”

Me: “He’s an electrician.”

Aunt: “Oh, that’s a good job. Are you working?”

Me: “Yes, I’ve just started a new job, in personnel.”

Aunt: “What’s that?”

Me: “I do payroll, and holiday and sick leave. Things like that.”

Aunt: “Pay? And holiday? I don’t understand. You’re a cook? A cleaner? What do you do?”

Me: “Um, I sort out pay for the workers. You know, their wages?”

Aunt: *looking very confused* “What?”

(I look helplessly at my cousin, not sure how to explain.)

Cousin: “Auntie, she works in an office.”

Aunt: “Oh! Office work. You should have said!”

(Apparently, in Auntie’s world, there are only three types of job for a woman – cook, cleaner, or ‘office work’!)

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