Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Dark Side of National Bring Your Daughter to Work Day

So I read online that the fourth Thursday in April is National Bring Your Daughter to Work Day, while other parts of the innertubes claim that the day has morphed into Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.

When I think of this day, I can't help but think of the implications--or actually just one implication in particular.

Imagine that you take your daughter to work on that day, and your boss asks you to step into his office.  You do.  He is there with his daughter, and he is frowning.  His daughter is frowning as well.  Take a seat, he says.  You do.  As he begins speaking, you quickly realize that this day is more special that you had imagined.  Your daughter, a bit slow on the uptake, looks at you with inquiring eyes.

"Are you being fired, Daddy?" she asks.

Okay, this is strange, unfortunate, and morbid, but here's my real question, which is even more strange, unfortunate, and morbid: If the purpose of the day is to give your daughters--your daughter and your boss's daughter--the full experience of a day at work, then shouldn't his daughter fire your daughter too?

A corollary to this implied rule is that if Daddy works at Micky D's, then his daughter better come home smelling like the Fry-o-Later.

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