Thanks to Daisy the Great, I have the perfect description of what working on a phd is like. Nobody I know in person is particularly interested in what I do. I mean, I can explain it, and people say “oh that’s interesting” but it rarely comes up and I don’t talk about my work in general because the conversation just ends there.
Luckily, I meet regularly with people from my program, and we do discuss theory and practice and those conversations don’t falter. But I recently met with some other information professionals and I realized how far I am from tenure track people who have to publish to stay employed. I am much closer to students and the day to day business of running a library. I didn’t feel like I had much in common with them…even though I should.
Oh well. Last week I took my daughter to see Daisy the Great. They didn’t play this song, but it didn’t matter. It is always in the back of my head.