With my older child heading off to college and my younger one now driving his own car, the time has come for me to update my resume.

When I first took this job, the main duties were the manufacture and distribution of infant nutrition, as well as some light lifting.

The initial job description was straightforward and concise: “You are expected to do everything.”

The job duties changed over the years. The lifting got heavier, for one. Now, after almost 20 years, the following job titles no longer apply to me:

• Nose-wiper

• Other parts-wiper

• Personal hygienist

• Personal chef

• Nutritional counselor

• Food taster

• Personal shopper

• Fashion consultant

• Laundress

• Storyteller

• Crafts organizer

• Lullaby-singer

• Boo-boo kisser

• Administrator of pink stuff

• Finder of lost things

• Court jester

• Party planner

• Vacation planner

• Pack mule

• Trash receptacle

• Soccer mom

• Paparazzi

• Biographer

• Genealogist

• Household librarian

• Financial analyst

• Personal decorator

• Roomba

• Dispute mediator

• Tutor (not math)

• Proofreader

• Chaffeur

• Keeper of the calendar

• Personal organizer

• Appointment scheduler

• Emergency delivery service

• Lunch-packer

• Freezer-stocker

• Career counselor

• Form filler-outer

Now that my kids are mostly grown and doing a good job of it, I’m basically down to one job title.

I’m the credit card.

(I would be the ATM, except I never have any cash on me.)

It’s a big adjustment, but it’s not so bad, really. My friends have been quick to reassure me that I still have the most important job title: the rock at the center of the family.

Plus, I’ve been promised that if I stick around for the next 10 or 12 years, I can maybe have my old job back — part-time, of course.

Lisa Davis is Features Editor of The Anniston Star. Contact her at 256-235-3555 or

Features Editor Lisa Davis: 256-235-3555.