W is for Work Buddies

In Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney, Greg’s Dad decides that Greg needs a summer internship. His Dad suggests they can be “work buddies”. The next scene shows Greg in a shirt and tie sitting in a cube as the minutes crawl by. We watched this movie around Christmas and our eight-year-old immediately wanted to be “work buddies” with his Dad. He was not deterred by Greg’s dreadful depiction of life at the office. It was going to be his chance to be a grownup and hang with his dad. The timing of his request was perfect – right between Christmas and New Years – a quite time at the office and a vacation day by most standards.

IMG_3662The night before the big day our son prepared a brief case with what he thought he would need at the office: a notebook, a calculator, a ruler, some pens and pencils and other assorted items he looted from my desk. No crayons or markers; he was playing in the big leagues now.

The plan was to let the traffic thin out the next morning and head into the office around 10:00. They’d do some “work” then break for lunch. After lunch they’d do some more “work” and then head home around 3:00 before the traffic picked up. 10:00 to 3:00 with an hour lunch break. Sign me up!

The next morning they got off to a slow start by the time they had breakfast and our son repacked his briefcase for the ninth time. It was 10:30 by the time they pushed off and close to 11:30 by the time they arrived at the office. First order of business: lunch. After lunch Kevin set his “work buddy” up with a typing lesson while he made a few work calls. They took an afternoon break for a Sprite and a coffee, chatted with a few co-workers and hit the road for home. All in all a pretty great day. They recounted their day over dinner and our son immediately asked when he could be Dad’s “work buddy” again. Heck, with a schedule like that, I’d like to be a work buddy too.