When People Find Out What I “Do”

Oh, joy! I’ve got a story to tell you. It’s about something that always happens.

This is dedicated to everyone who teaches.

So this is me:

What Happens When People Find Out What I "Do"

Yes, I got a haircut! In fact, I’ve had three different hairstyles in the past year.

One of my best friends didn’t recognize me when we were meeting up. I look the same to me; I didn’t dye my hair or go crazy with anything.

But to be fair, we were in a crowded, rainy place, and I was holding an umbrella.

This is Emma:

What Happens When People Find Out What I "Do"

Emma is my new friend. We met at an event in town.

She’s really nice; we started chatting and it was all very civilized.

At one point, she asks me, “What do you do?”

I decide to give her the typical answer.

What Happens When People Find Out What I "Do"

She gives me the typical reaction.


What Happens When People Find Out What I "Do"


Wait did I say lion tamer? No I meant piano teacher.

If you like seeing my drawings, let me know by sharing this and leaving a comment below.

… If not, I’ll take the hint– I’ll keep drawing, I just won’t share them with you anymore. ;)

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  • Woodog (not my real name) April 25, 2013 at 8:31 am

    My birthday this week too (yesterday, in fact).
    I enjoy the drawings! I get those looks when I tell people I’m thinking of retiring and teaching piano.

    • Grace Miles April 26, 2013 at 7:48 am

      Awesome! I was told that it sounds so… exotic… and exciting… to be “teaching piano.”

      Hope you had a great one. ;)

  • Joey Lee April 25, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Hah, I love the drawings. That sounds like a typically atypical reaction

  • Mia April 25, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Haha, I can totally relate! Love this :)

  • Marla April 28, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    love the drawings! same reaction here, especially when I add “I play organ and piano in church.”

    • Grace Miles May 10, 2013 at 1:55 pm

      Of course, that takes everything one step further!

  • Leia May 1, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Haha! The *amount* of times this has happened to me …! In fact, a parent came with her 4 yo son for a piano interview and at the end (after we had set up a schedule and everything) she asked me, “So what do you do?” Um, what? “I… teach piano,” I replied, somewhat hesitantly. I couldn’t get the bewildered look off my face!

    • Grace Miles May 2, 2013 at 1:02 pm

      Sounds bizarre– I had to chuckle. ;) Would’ve been funny if they were looking for a violin teacher or something.