I know I'm not one to talk, and maybe you're just like I am, but if someone held a gun to my head and asked me to explain (in detail) what my husband does for a living, I don't know if I would pass the test. Isn't that sad... don't get all judgey on me... I know some of you are exactly the same way.
Back when Mark was an engineer, it was easy to explain that he was an engineer... most people understand that pretty easily (even though I didn't really know exactly what he was doing all day). I wonder what he'd say if someone asked him what I do for a living? He'd probably say that I'm a graphic designer and I make things look pretty.
Now that Mark is a PSM (Product Sales Manager... don't you just love corporate acronyms and titles?!), it's much more difficult to articulate and explain what he does all day while he's downstairs in the basement in his office (one floor beneath my office, mind you). I can hear him talking under my feet, but what is he actually doing?
There have been so many times when someone has asked me what Mark does. I pause, and I try to find the words that will explain it to that person (and to myself), and it usually comes out something like this:
Inquirer: "What does Mark do for a living?"
Me: "Well, he used to be an engineer, but now he's in sales, not like greasy used car sales, like technical sales for hydraulics for a product line called Screw-in-Cartridge-Valves... it's technical..."
Inquirer: "What is a Screw-in-Cartridge-Valve?"
Me: "I don't know... something having to do with hydraulics... "
Inquirer: "So he's a manager... does that mean he has people reporting to him?"
Me: "Well, no not exactly. He doesn't sell directly to anyone either... that's the job of the regular sales people... he's like a specialist they bring in...maybe you should just ask him..."
Okay, it's not like I don't TRY to take an interest in my husband's job, it's just that it's so technical, and frankly, when he wants to talk to me about it... I zone out, glaze over, and I can't concentrate on what he's saying... makes me sleeeepy....zzzzzz. Maybe the reason is that he's a left brain, and I'm a right brain... which makes for a good combination for figuring out life in a household on a day-to-day basis, but simply trying to understand each other can be a bit challenging sometimes.
Maybe it's time to take more of an interest in what he's saying when he says it (I'll need some caffeine for that). However, I'm sure he zones out when I talk about my job too... which is about 1/8th the amount he talks about his. Sure, we can all probably give someone the high-level explanation, "Oh, he's/she's a [TITLE HERE]", but it takes time and effort to know and to understand what your other half does for 8+ hours a day. I'm sure I'll be an expert about what Mark does by the end of the day after he reads this post... but maybe we should all try a little harder to understand our other halves....maybe.
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