Saturday, August 20, 2005

For the Doctoral Students among us . . .

And especially Friday Mom.

During my weekly phone call to the parents they reported that my old high school and college buddy had been in town visiting her folks. This friend has just finished her doctoral work after many years, much to the relief of her long-suffering husband and two small daughters. My dad, also a PhD, was congratualting her and remenicing about those long ago days when his own doctoral studies were stressing the life of his young family. My friend responded with this story.

Toward the end, she was home one morning, tapping away at her computer, when she heard the phone ring. Her preschool daughter ran to answer it. After a pause, my friend heard her darling cherub say, "Yes, my mom is home. But she's working on her fucking dissertation."

Could I add that this dissertation was being written for a respected east coast divinity school??

13 comments:

Kathryn said...

RAPTURE :-) :-)
Thanks soooo much for that...the very thing I needed as an antidote to sermon block. Grateful hugs x

the reverend mommy said...

Oh, That's funny!

reverendmother said...

NICE!!!!

LutheranChik said...

ROFL!

"Little pitchers have big ears."

Quotidian Grace said...

Whoa! How red was mom's face?

Songbird said...

My husband and I both had a laugh at this (and we don't usually find the same things funny!).

St. Casserole said...

What a story!

Apostle John said...

I absolutely love that story!

When I was finishing my dissertation, I imagined that God was actually giving me a vision of Hell -- but over the years, I've decided Hell probably isn't as bad.

Michael W. Kruse said...

Out of the mouth of babes! Great story.

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

That is just too funny!!

PPB said...

hilarious!

behindthepulpit said...

That rocks! Only if I could drop the F BOMB in a sermon now...HAHA

Friday Mom said...

Oh! I'm so glad I didn't miss this! I'm laughing so hard. If SFW could talk, he'd probably say something of the sort himself. Instead, he's quit asking me what I'm going to do today and simply says, "Library?" Oh, how I long for the day when the answer to that question is no.