Today was my 6-year old daughter's last day of her science camp this week. They were supposed to dress up as crazy scientists. Of course my husband had a perfect short lab coat for her to wear and we found some wacky glasses. The camp counselor commented on her outfit upon her arrival and asked if she knew someone in her family who was a doctor. She replied, "Yes. My dad." The girl asked what kind of doctor he is. She quickly responded, "He puts people to sleep."
Yikes. I laughed so hard. I guess we do not emphasize sufficiently his waking people up during our conversations.
So all the way home from camp we all practiced saying anesthesiologist over and over again.
But, I often talk with adults that do not know what an anesthesiologist is or does. Maybe it won't matter if they know how to pronounce their dad's title, and can only describe the important aspects of his line of work.
People still might not get it.
I quietly wondered if I should train them instead to say, he gives epidurals, because then everyone would say, "Ooohhh! I love those doctors!"