Follow In Your Mother’s Footsteps… or Not

Today was Take Our Kids to Work Day in Ontario – an initiative of The Learning Partnership. Long story short, it’s meant to provide Grade 9 students with the opportunity to see future careers in action.

Now, you may not know this, but this mama is not college educated. My career is self-employment providing administrative and clerical services, with our local church being my major contract. My job is not glorious, not much of a glamorous career. I’m not complaining about it, but it’s not very exciting in the whole “let someone shadow you” realm of opportunity.

My kid elected to come to the office with me this morning instead of with his father who runs digital printing presses and creates artwork. I’m not sure what he was thinking.

Besides being unable to connect to the internet, our day was rather uneventful. He created a logo for a program and a subsequent Facebook page. I walked him through the steps of our Sunday readiness checklist. He helped me design a flyer and tickets for a Christmas program and restocked the pews with Connect Cards and pens. He assisted the youth pastor in setting up for the after school drop in program. He stole my swivel chair.

By lunchtime he was spinning in circles. I’m quite certain that all we determined is that he won’t have a career doing any sort of grunt office work. In his words, “(My) job is pretty boring. All (I) do is answer email all day.” Pretty much, kid. Pretty much.