My husband and I ran into a childhood friend of mine and her pretentious mother tonight at Pottery Barn. I haven't seen these people in YEARS. It was a half hour of "my daughter the nurse with a MA/my future son-in-law the DR." I got a "Ohh..you're JUST a teacher?" My absolutely wonderful, loving, supportive husband who has already helped numerous people in his career got "Ohh..you're JUST a police officer?" (My old friend was visibly embarrassed. I felt bad for her. She just wanted to fine tune her wedding registry....!) We both got in the car and were kinda, I don't know...bummed? I know I cannot let people make me feel inferior without my consent (thank you, Eleanor Roosevelt!) but still.... I chose to become a teacher and he chose to become a cop. We did not have to do this. We love our professions and are more than proud of what we do. I am NOT just a teacher. My husband is NOT just a cop. Please tell me that some of you out there have experienced something similar. Why is your apparent monetary "value" the basis of your "worth" in society?