Do you ever cringe when people ask you that question? As a missionary mom?
What do we do? I still believe my primary responsibility is to be a mom. Of course, I do other things, too.
But people want a nice packaged answer.
I have one for my husband. He has a defined job. I can say, "He does......... "
But what do I do? Well... I am tempted to say "I am a filler of holes." That is what I do. My daily tasks may be very different, but basically, I fill holes. Where someone is missing, I fill in. Where something lacks, I fill in.
If I sit down and list all the things I do, people's eyes widen and they say, "Wow, you are a busy woman!" But I am not - well, not that much. Not continually. I just have a wide variety of very part time duties.
Today, for example...
I am a wife and a mom. I got four kids and one husband off to work and school.
I am a cleaning lady. I stopped at the school and helped clean out some shelves in the kitchen, and noticed the little oven desperately needed cleaning. I guess the cleaning staff over look that... so I cleaned an oven.
I am a secretary. I organized letters and filed away ones to respond to. Desperately need to get a new prayer letter out.
I am a cook. I planned supper and pulled out what I need to cook. Trying to plan a menu and try some new foods recently. (Of all the things I miss most about being "over there", it is having someone to do most of this job for me. I am a good enough cook, but it is just not the job I love on a daily basis.)
I am a dictionary. I answered two phone calls on how to spell words.... as the only native English speaker on our team, I get the job of being the resident dictionary, grammar textbook, and even at times, concordance.... I got woken up groggily after working a night shift once to be asked "When was Moses with seventy elders on mountain?" Huh? Pop quiz time?
I do construction. Our basement leak is finally fixed, so it was time to plaster the seams in the repaired wall. I pulled out the tools and set to work.
I am a teacher. I am about to head off to teach math. I love teaching kids.
I am a demolition expert. :) Today, we need to head over to a friend's house to destroy some very old, huge piece of furniture that can not be moved out without being at least taken apart.
That is today. Tomorrow, I may be something else. Where there is a job with no one to do it, that is where I get put. Like plaster - I am a filler of holes. Which is just perfect for my slightly ADD personality. I think God knew slapping me in one role would frustrate me.
How about you? What do you do?