This is December 2012, Right????Woman in the Middle | December 30, 2012
This past Friday I went off with my two daughters and one of their friends to decorate a Rose Parade float again. I will be posting some photos tomorrow and will tell you all about it. But I had to tell you about something that happened while we were in Pasadena that just blew my mind!
Youngest Daughter (the one who is a mechanical engineering major at Cal Poly Pomona) and I were up on the float gluing rice powder to the side of the structure when they brought another man over and had him get up on the float where we were to do something that needed done right next to us. Since we were working in such close proximity, I introduced myself right away, telling the gentleman from North Carolina that I were a parent of a student at Cal Poly, my daughter that was right with me as a matter of fact. And then he said, I kid you not, “I thought Cal Poly was mainly an engineering school.”
Really? Just because my child was a girl you figured she couldn’t possibly be an engineering student? Or maybe you wondered how was it possible that a school that was mainly for engineering (which it is not) could have a girl attending it?
I am happy to report that I did not go all Mother Lion on him, instead we discussed the fact that Cal Poly has many majors and that many girls are in the engineering program. It is my sincere hope that he went back to his hotel room that night and told his wife how he stuck his foot in his mouth that day. And then she told him he sure did. That is what I hope happened.
As a mother of two daughters, one of which is seeking a slightly less traditional education and career path, I am appalled that things like that still come out of men’s mouths. This is, after all, the last month of 2012.