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April 23, 2009

Oh, No!

It's Take Your Annoying, Runny-Nosed Child to Work Day again...the day on which, if you go to the airport, an employee's child will drop your luggage (happened to me once), slowly serve you the wrong order at a restaurant (you can't get snarky with them because they might cry), etc. I wonder if the man who carries the nuclear football at the White House brought HIS kid to work today--you know, just to show her how the buttons work.... 

That's right....I hate this kind of stuff, and not just because it was invented by feminists, who changed it from "Take Your Daughter to Work Day" after people pointed out that it was sexist (boys left behind in the classroom were often given assignments involving how sexist men are). I dislike it because 1. as Chuck once pointed out in a BreakPoint commentary, it celebrates moms who work outside the home at the expense of those who take care of their children full-time, and 2. there are certain places children simply don't belong, because--surprise--they behave like children.

So--I'm really glad I'm working from a home office today and not planning to go out. The only creature irritating me is my miniature dachshund, Boo Boo, who growls and barks whenever I'm on the phone because she's learned that I'll throw her treats to shut her up.

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Gina Dalfonzo

One of my favorite commercials ever:


Catherine Larson

Wow, I was thinking just the opposite. I saw a father this morning who was loading up a tow truck and an eight year old boy beside him watching intently as Dad worked. I think we've really lost a sense of apprenticeship between parents and their children. I spent a lot of time after school in my mom's classroom where she was an elementary school teacher. I was telling someone today how much I learned through those afterschool hours. Another friend was cherishing the memories he had of his dad teaching him to do things on the farm he grew up in. Seeing your parents' realities and frustrations can also give you empathy for them. I remember realizing at some point as a teenager just how hard it was on teachers to give them such little paid time before school starts to get their classroom in order and their lesson plans laid out for the year. This is one I'm going to disagree with you on, Anne.


I'd ask if Anne has an iPod, but I think I'm now just barely on her good side. Plus, I don't think she'd be throwing *treats* at me to shut me up.

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