Take Your Child to Work Day was last week, and I am old enough to remember when it was Take Our Daughters to Work Day. Today both sons and daughters are welcome at this on-site 'career day' event. That was last week. Today was May Day - a traditional rite of spring in many cultures, and International Workers' Day, concerned with other rights.
While some children accompanied mom or dad to interesting and beguiling workplaces full of people and activities riveting to fresh, young eyes; other kids spent the day in the classroom as they would on any other school day. You know, that place people send their kids to so they can go to work, er, I mean get an education (if only it were funded, but that's a post for another day).
Let's be honest; not every kid has a parent with a job that can accommodate a tag-a-long for the day. If we're being really honest, there is also a significant contingent for whom being able to go to work at all would be cause for celebration. Where do you take your kid on Take Your Child to Work Day, to enlighten them about the possibilities that lie ahead for their future? When a parent is unemployed, it's tough to imagine a future full of possibilities. It's tough to imagine a future at all when you're just trying to make it through the day.
Ironically, May Day follows close on the heels of Take Your Child to Work Day. Today there were marches and protests, some peaceful and others less so. While some who have not yet faced the challenges of unemployment have less than flattering things to say about those who march and protest peacefully, it is important to remember that many of the things we take for granted in today's workplace that allow many to provide for our families are a direct result of others who took the tough road long ago.
Happy May Day.