Thursday was “Bring A Child To Work” day and Gretel agreed to spend the day at Transparency Towers. She did this because she knows I like bragging on her and showing her off. She is a pleaser at heart. “I’m pretty much the oldest one in my office” I told her ” so you’ll be the oldest daughter there”and, as you can see from the pictures below, this was true by about a decade. Nontheless, Gretel went with the program, wore her name badge and took part in the craft project, the jelly bean accounting and took photos of the other kids learning how to answer the front desk phone. She enjoyed the session with the office dog, Biggie Smalls, and at lunchtime she had a proper grown-up field-trip with our Certified Meeting Planner: a visit to the Sofitel, where she was given an even more official looking name badge, lots of free samples, and a chance to nose around the hotel.
Driving home, I thanked Gretel for taking part “It’s nice for me to have you there” I said and managed not to ask any irritating follow up questions about whether and how she had enjoyed her day. “Hmmm” grunted Gretel, but I noticed that she had kept her name badges on, and was clutching the pleasingly large, impressively stiff white envelope that contained her certificate of completion for the day. Later she volunteered a lot of information on the layout of the Sofitel, and how she didn’t think the bathrooms were in the right place. I dropped her off, and concluded that the day had gone pretty well, for her and for me. I knew it had been a success when I picked her up on Saturday and her first words were ” Did you bring my notebook? I left it by mistake and I want it. I liked dat jing. The pages are like a bible”
Ahh, a hankering after fine stationery–we’ll make an office worker out of her yet.
Check out pictures of all the kids here: