Jessie: Feeling grateful for her job!
During the course of my research for my Beryl and Edwina books I encounter a lot of things that set my imagination on fire. One of the most interesting things I discovered as I worked on the first one, Murder in an English Village, was that women were not allowed to enter into every profession until the passage of the Sex Disqualification Removal Act of 1919.
It lead me to give a lot of thought to jobs I might not want to have. So, Wickeds, which job could you not imagine yourself ever doing and why not?
Edith: I could never imagine being a mathematician or an actuary. Too many numbers! Nor a bungee jumper, parachutist, or cliff diver – those jobs are the stuff of nightmares for me.
Liz: I could never do a math-focused job either, Edith. I also could never work in retail again. I did that as a kid and now, well, I don’t think I could deal with that many people all day!
Sherry: I couldn’t do anything in the medical field or having to do with bodily functions of any kind. I’d be the one on the floor needing the medical attention.
Julie: There are so many jobs I don’t have the skills, patience, or ability to do. But I saw a picture of folks who work on skyscrapers recently. Folks sitting on a beam hanging over empty space, eating their lunch. That is a job I could never, ever do. I’d weep and crawl around. My palms are sweating thinking of it.
Jessie: I’m with Sherry. I don’t want to even imagine circumstances that would lead me to a life that I would take a job in the medical field. I have an absolute phobia of blood drawing, needles, the smell of rubbing alcohol and the sound of sterile packaging being ripped open. I can barely type the preceding sentence without becoming light-headed. Also, the idea of wearing scrubs makes me almost as upset as the rest of it.
Barb: I’m a bossy type, so I wouldn’t want a job where I wasn’t in charge of something substantial or couldn’t see the impact of my efforts. I’m always looking for a measure of control, which is why I am now the boss of an entire fictional realm.
Readers, which job could you never imagine yourself doing and why?