Today was national Take Your Child to Work Day (also called Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day). Although our company does not have a formal program, I decided to bring Drama Girl with me for a glimpse into the exciting world of financial services marketing. (T-Rex went in with The Ex, apparently eating 4 times his weight in junk food.) DG had fun, even in the two short meetings I brought her to because, as she put it, “I was drawing my pictures.” I wish!
DG’s Favorite Part of the Day: The chocolate chip muffin I bought her for breakfast, followed by the goody bag from Corporate Purchasing filled with candy and various logo’d promotional items that I hope to hide in the trash.
Mom’s Favorite Part of the Day: DG holding my hand and skipping as we walked around downtown on our lunch hour. Most favorite: her exclaiming, “[Name of Firm] — you make me so happy!” upon arriving back at my building after lunch.
What She Learned About Our Business: “Um…I don’t know. But I got to keep my fake money! I’m rich!”
On our walk back to the car she saw a dandelion and ran over to pick it from the pitiful patch of grass growing between the sidewalk and parking lot. Closing her eyes she made her wish and blew.
As I write this I think that may have been my favorite part of our day: seeing her smile, eyes closed, oblivious to the cars rushing by on the street next to us. It was a moment of quiet joy in an unexpected place, right where I walk every day.