Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Who's the boss?

From a conversation I had with my husband last Friday:

Me: "I was talking to Joe* today, and he mentioned . . ."
Hubby: "You mean your boss Joe?"
Me: "No, I mean my client Joe."

How is it that after two and a half years, he still doesn't get that I am my boss?

* names have been changed to protect the innocent


Lori said...

It's the corporate delusion - everyone must report to someone. They can't wrap their minds around the fact that we report to ourselves. :)

Diane said...

Funny! Do husbands ever get it? :O)

Dean @ Pro Copy Tips said...

Some guys DO get it. When I met my wife, she was my boss. Literally. She hired me for a writing job at a TV station. She was my boss then, and she's my boss now. Plus, she's full-blooded Italian. So I know my place. And if I forget, she reminds me.

But take pity on us. Most guys have trouble keeping track of all those people wives talk about. My wife worked at a large corporation headquarters and I simply couldn't keep all the details strait about which Dave was the idiot, which was the cute new hire, and which was the one who did that embarrassing thing at the Christmas party.

Amie said...

Dean's comment reminds me that my hubby's troubles with identifying my career began well before I started freelancing. I used to work in marketing, and he alternated between telling people I worked "in computers" and "in insurance."

Dean @ Pro Copy Tips said...

Well, when people ask my wife what I do, she hems and haws. She can't even name my clients. She just says something like, "Oh, he writes and designs things." People nod and pretend like they get it, then have to ask me later on.

So this works both ways.

Jo Lynne Valerie said...

I agree with the first commenter, Lori. There is a really huge corporate delusion, in America particularly, I think. Which is interesting, as ours is a hot bed of entrepreneurialism. (Hope that spelling was okay; no glasses...)

It is across the board, my dear. A great majority of folks do not embrace the idea of self employment because they can't imagine it for themselves. Which is okay, really; not everyone is cut out to own or run a biz. Which is also okay - different strokes for different folks.

Not editing this post. Be kind. :)