Hi How’ve You Been?

I have been struggling with a bit of writer’s block, so this post has taken me an exceptionally long time to write. I started it during March Break, and now I’m finishing it long after March Break. However!

Since we already had a family vacation in February, our girls were scheduled to do their usual daycare gig over the break. Tuesday though, they weren’t particularly interested in the scheduled programming (PJs and movie day, and ”they always choose the woooooorst movies!”). Since Tony has a lot of flexibility in his schedule, we decided to let them stay home. When Tony unexpectedly had a meeting that he just had to go to on Tuesday afternoon, I told him that he could drop the girls off with me at work. Fun, I thought, and it was.

Forgive me for bragging now, but one of the many great things about my daughters, is that I can take them anywhere and I know they will be perfectly behaved. It is in my best interest to tell them beforehand that best behaviour is expected if we are going somewhere important, but generally I don’t even need to do that. The day that they came to my office was a particularly busy one for me, and the first thing I did was take them to a meeting with some people much more senior than I. After that I had some rush things that I had to get done, so they worked away at my desk using some scrap paper, highlighters, tape, scissors and stapler. Their artwork sure does brighten up a cube.

After I was done my urgent tasks, it was time for me and the senior people from the previous meeting to meet with an even more senior person, so off we went, girls in tow. The girls were welcomed warmly, and were given squishy stress-reliever apples to play with. The apples only rolled under the table once or twice, to be thrown back to them with a smile. They are still kids after all.

I liked having my kids at work. I also liked that my Director said that we should have kids at work more often because it would make the workplace an overall better place. People would behave better with children around, and if they didn’t, they would be called on by those around them. I’m very fortunate with where I work in that people are already respectful and kind, though I like to see how people do change and soften when children are around. It is fun to see that parental side of people you work with.

It was a day of a lot of meetings, and we ended up being a bit late for the one of them. It was the first time I apologized for being late at work because the hot chocolate machine at Tim’s wasn’t working properly.

I remember a few times going into work with my Mom when I was a kid (Hi Mom!), and I remember her showing me off to her colleagues then. Now I know how she probably felt at the time, because I am just so proud of my two little precious girls and I just loved showing them off to the people that I work with. I wish they could come with me to work more often.

About Finola

I am an Ottawa area Mom, writer-want-to-be and coffee legend in the making.
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7 Responses to Hi How’ve You Been?

  1. Eileen says:

    Finola: that's a very moving post about N and B. I know from experience that they are exactly as you say: very well-behaved in public and respectful to those they meet.

    You and Paul were exactly like that when you were children. I knew I could take you both into any company and I knew that your behaviour would be impeccable.

    I'm so glad you are having similar experiences.

  2. Chantal says:

    It is so nice that you were able to do that with your kids. I have had my kids at work with me but I usually don't bring them to meetings. Unless it was the baby of course then he had to come with me no matter what. When I was on leave and called in for meeting (which happened a few times) I even had to nursed during. I am lucky to have such an easy going team as well.

  3. Sara says:

    I used to love going to work with my parents when I was younger and I think its fantastic that you girls went with you. Honestly, I don't know a lot of kids who could head off to work with their parents without being (a) disruptive (b) whining the entire time about boredom.

    You rock for raising fantastic girls and for taking them with you 🙂

  4. Laura says:

    I'm impressed that your girls are so well behaved and that your work welcomed children. That's wonderful!

  5. wratwrds says:

    Congratulations, Finola.
    What nice girls you've brought up — and what precious time to spend with them.
    I still remember going to work with my dad — 40 years ago! I agree too. The workplace would benefit from the more frequent presence of children. They do bring out the best in us.
    Glad you had a special work day with your daughters.


    Pam @writewrds

  6. vicky weiss says:

    What a great experience for your daughters and what a great experience for you as a mom to be able to bring them to work. How awesome.

  7. Capital Mom says:

    That is so awesome that you could take them to work. And that they behaved so well. That is what I want for my kids. To be able to take them out in the world and watch them know how to handle different situations.

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