Dear Aunt Foley: I went to work with Dad last week. Sometimes he comes home from work, and he’s tired and cranky, but from what saw all he does is sit behind the desk, talk on the phone, and play on the computer. What’s up with that? - Katie
Dear Katie: Oh the work thing. Humans make so much about the work thing. They’re tired, they’re frustrated, they’re depressed, and then, like you did, you go to work with them, and you find out that they work with wonderful people who brighten up when you come in the room, and are happy to see you. So the answer to office crankiness is easy. We should go to work everyday.
But we are not fools. If we are going to go to work everyday we should get rewarded for our efforts. Every company should have a dog walker, a playroom for us, and a lunch room where home cooked food is made. For these slight additions we will bring peace and harmony to an office.
All this stress that our parents complain about at work would be quickly dissipated with a look into our deep brown eyes, a stroke of our fur. Those outsiders visiting the office would immediately be put at ease by our welcoming presence.
Plus, of course, this works for us too, as we no longer would be left alone. We can just as easily lie in a chair in our parents’ office as we can lie lonesome in a chair in our houses. Just as long as the company remembers to buy an extra chair.
I still have to work out what to do with dogs who have parents that work outside but being outside is better than being inside, and if your parents job is in transportation we are real good at riding in cars. If humans could just open their minds a bit their job stress would drop way down.
So a big tip of the tail to your Dad for being ahead of the curve and taking you to work. He may have started a revolution.