Yesterday Callie had speech first thing in the morning. Mark generally takes her, but Christian had a dental appt. at the same time, so we each took one and I got Callie. There was a grandmother there with her grandson. Callie knew the boy and sat right next to him in the waiting room and began a conversation. The grandmother and I introduced ourselves and chit chatted a bit. The therapists took the kids back into their respective rooms and the grandmother and I began a conversation.
The first thing she asked was whether I was Callie's teacher or a therapist of some kind. She immediately followed with an apology after I said I was her mother. Now, obviously, the fact that she is clearly not my bio-child led her to think of other possibilities rather then immediately assuming I was her mother. Her apology came after she said something to the effect that I didn't talk to her like a mother, but more like a professional.
I asked Mark later, if that was a compliment or a dis? By dis I mean stating I didn't sound motherly. I was a much more touchy feely mom as a younger less experienced mom, but I suppose as I've gained experience I'm just more matter of fact and, well, businesslike about it. Parenting kids, especially those with disabilities is my profession, so I guess if I sounded professional that's a good thing and I'm actually proud of that. I am totally claiming my professional status.
Now, to come up with a professional sounding title. How about Chief Progeny Officer or Executive Administrator of Descendants?