"just" is a challenge.
Just defies More than Just.
Does anyone ever say, so you're just a triathlete?
Your're "just" a marathoner?
I think not.
Are you "just a mom" comes from people who didn't have very good ones, or who have a very distorted view on what's valuable to society
Even the marginal moms are more than "just".
I was cleaning equipment at the Y yesterday, which in addition to cleaning towels constitutes a large part of my job as a "phy ed instructor". Not a glamourous vocation, but I enjoy it.
I'm acutally a fitness instructor, and that question was posed by an older gentleman who was working out while I cleaned.
We actually had a good chat, and I certainly don't mind the question. Older adults grew up in a different time, with different vocabulary and different vocations. I don't fault him a bit for not knowing the technical name for my job, or for not comprehending the hours of study and training that brought me to his machine that day. I frankly don't care if he knows because I didn't do the work to impress anyone. I did the work so I can sit and chat with people like him. Or the late 20's teacher who came in later and wanted to get serious about working out. She takes her class hiking each winter and she wants to make it to the top without getting winded. After 25 minutes at 145 average heart rate teacher was pretty proud of herself. Then we added 10 on an elliptical and that more aerobic than she'd done in a very long time. Not a bad workout for a just a teacher and a phy ed instructor.
It's BNB's 5th birthday today, it's hot and humid, taxes are due and I haven't managed a work out since a Sunday bike ride.
Just another trimama day- have a good one