When people asked me what my father did for a living, the obvious answer was nothing! And he worked very hard at that…
Depending on the audience and circumstance I might describe him as a silversmith, or artist, but that would often require further explanation and definition.
This reflected the latter years of his life when episodes of physical and mental pain meant that holding down a regular job was impossible.
While going through his papers I found an A-Z list of all the roles he had filled over the years and it makes for an interesting CV:
Artist, Aerial Fitter.
Barker, Beggar, Butler, Bodger, Baker, Bouncer, Builder, Babysitter, Barman, Bus driver, Bodyguard.
Chai wallah, Coffee stallholder, Cabbie, Crocheter, Chauffeur, Carpenter, Chicken keeper, Cleaner, Cook, Concrete mixer, Catsitter.
Decorator, Driver, Designer, Dogwalker.
Engineer, Electrician, Editor.
Firemaker, Fly pitcher, Floor polisher, Furinture maker.
Jeweller, Juggling ball maker, Janitor.
Market gardener, Mechanic, Masseur, Minder.
Office manager, Other end holder.
Paper hanger, Plumber, Pancake maker, Plasterer, Painter.
Silversmith, Signwriter, Screenprinter, Shopkeeper, Sculptor.
Teaboy, Tent maker, Tiler.
Washer up, Window cleaner, Watchman.