I just came back onto this group after a long absence.....
and this post prompted me to reply. I got a wonderful cathartic giggle
from reading it, and wanted to express my thanks. Jean-- I sympathize
with you/your situation, and you have a great (comical) way of describing
some of the things many of us have encountered in our science careers.
Currently I am an "at home mom" after many years in the workforce-- PhD,
faculty postion at small college. Made choice to move , leave job-- my
husband got a good postion at a new place (he is research biochemist, very
good research program, successful...) I was teaching, did not have a
research program, publications, etc. So, in our family I took the role of
the flexible partner. I am using this year to do many things I never had
time for, have more time for our daughter, and we are adopting a second
child. I have not seen this as a sacrifice, but as an opportunity.
HOWEVER-- when I look back at my path I have to wonder-- why didn't I
choose the science research route and stick to it more ardently... I liked
some of your observations. I enjoyed my teaching postition thoroughly--
much more than I ever liked research. And, I hope to go back into
teaching. But, in this world, I will never be considered a "success" like
hubby. I dread running into my old major professor, who probably sees me
as another failure....
Just some thoughts for today, as I dive back into this group. It's nice to
catch up with some of the folks who have been here awhile.