Now how's this for stereotyping:
Sometimes when I drop my youngest off at school, I've seen another mother dropping off her daughter in the same class. And she always shows up wearing scrubs.
I've had a couple of conversations with her. And of course, I'm dying to ask her what she does for a living that she's always wearing scrubs. But I don't want her to tell me that she's a nurse. And then I'll have to tell her I'm a doctor. And any possibility of friendship will be vanquished.
There are probably a few things wrong with this:
1) My certainty that there will be awkwardness upon discovering that she is a nurse and I'm a doctor.
2) My assumption that she's almost certainly NOT a doctor herself.
As for the first one.... it's likely predicated on the fact that I've never had a nurse friend. And I can't even get any of the nurses I work with to call me by my first name. As for the second one... well, just going by the numbers, I'm probably right.
Yet another case of my career feeling like a detriment in my quest to make friends. Recently, a mom I met at a playgroup asked me if I was a nurse and I was sooooo tempted to say yes.