An actual conversation that I had yesterday:
Nice, older woman sitting in a crowded room full of teenagers, adults, and one precocious baby: "What do you do at work?"
Me, assuming that she is asking about breast feeding try to tastefully say in a hushed tone: "I express my breast milk during the day."
Nice, older woman, looking confused, repeats: "What do you DO at work?"
Me, also confused, thinks that maybe she didn't hear me. I say louder: "I pump breast milk at work to feed the baby!"
Nice, older woman then looks at me, even more confused: "They pay you to do that? What do YOU DO at work?"
Me, head down with embarrassment, finally understanding, answers humbly: "I'm a grant writer, not a professional wet nurse." (thinking, I'm a such a boob obsessed idiot)
Happy Thanksgiving! I'll write from PA.