Daddy: I'm working from home today.
Zachary: How will you make bleach at home?
Daddy: Well I don't really make bleach.
Zachary: Then what do you do?
Daddy: Mostly I work on the computer and talk on the phone.
Zachary: But how does that help anything?
For most of us it is very difficult to explain to our children exactly what we do at the office. Unless you are a teacher or a doctor it's hard for kids to conceptualize our work. For example, how exactly shall we explain to Zack what a PR Manager does? I can't even explain it to my own parents. And how but my job? A Recruiter?
Last Friday I decided to take Evan to see daddy's office after preschool. I knew this would be an exciting experience for the little guy, and I was right. First Evan was curious about where daddy eats lunch (this is the most important part of the day) so we had lunch in the city center plaza. We sat outside eating our meal , while enjoying the sunshine with the rest of corporate America on lunch break.
Next we entered... The Clorox Building, where we collected our visitor badges, quite exciting, indeed. Then we rode the elevators up to the MarCom floor where daddy has his office. We were greeted by some of David's coworkers who smiled and tried to chat up a timid Evan. "How old are you?" They asked, and Evan held up three little fingers. "What's your name" they inquired, and shyly he turned away pretending not to know. He was sufficiently cute.
When we finally got to Daddy's office it was more awesome than Evan could have possibly imagined. There were jelly bellies. BAGS OF THEM. Even I was surprised. Evan and I started stuffing candy in our mouths. Then it was on to see where Daddy has "circle time." Yup the conference room. And we saw the potty, and the view of San Francisco. All very exciting. As we were leaving we asked Evan if he liked Daddy's office. He answered "Yes, but what takes him so long here every day?" I think he wanted to know what his dad could possibly do in this building after eating jelly beans and going potty. I thought about trying to explain how daddy builds brand awareness for kitty litter and develops social media programs for ranch salad dressing, but instead I merely told him daddy was very, very busy eating important jelly beans.