Finally contributing to the household

Every day David watches Tom leave for work. Tom says, “Bye, David, I’m going to work!” and David runs to the window to watch Tom get in his car and drive away. Despite that morning ritual, I have this conversation with David over and over, starting about five minutes after Tom leaves, and ending when Tom gets home:

David: Where’s Daddy go?
Me: Daddy’s at work!
David: At WORK!? Where’s Daddy’s car go?
Me: Daddy drove his car to work.
David: Oh. Where’s Daddy’s shadow go?
Me: Daddy took his shadow with him!

By the way, the shadow thing. Tom showed David his shadow. File that under “seemed like a good idea at the time.”

After having the “Daddy’s at work” conversation over 10 times a day, every day of the week, one day it clicked. David walked up to me and said, “Where’s Daddy go? DADDY’S AT WORK!”

And then David decided to go to work.


He grabbed his trick-or-treat bag, went to the door and told me, “Da-did’s goin work, Na-ee. See you later, Na-ee, Da-did’s goin work!”



The details of his employment are unclear. I’m sort of hoping he’s working at WITH Tom, so maybe he can finally explain exactly what it is that Tom does for a living. (Technology? Databases? Agile? PMP? Scrum master? These are the words Tom comes home throwing around. But I can never get past the part where he says, “I went out for lunch today.”)

But whatever David’s chosen profession, we’re of course very proud of him and will support him in his endeavors. But I do expect to see a paycheck in two weeks.





  1. Grammy October 17, 2013

    I think it’s great that David loves his trick or treat bag. He and Brigham can join forces and get a lot of work done outside or chase shadows, which sounds like a better idea.

  2. Meredith October 17, 2013

    So cute and funny. Sounds again like the conversations Addie and I have all day.

  3. Lori Kuder October 17, 2013

    I love the pumpkin “man purse”!


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