took my son to work with me last month. It was part of
his high school curriculum (a 'see what adults do all
Now, I work in Cubicle Land in a typical office in a typical
bureaucratic organization so what adults do all day at
my work might not appear too exciting - the shuffle of
paper and gentle tip-tap of the computer keys can seem
about as thrilling as dental work to the pubescent psyche
of a fourteen year old boy - but, in reality, danger lurks
everywhere. Why, there are paper cuts just waiting to
happen and you have to be really quick to get to the printer
for your document or someone else might pick it up by
mistake and then, well, then you have to reprint it or
start searching all the other little cubicles for your
papers that are nestled in with someone else's document.
It can be exhausting.
This story does relate to coffee - and I'm getting to
Now, with all that excitement going on, do you know what
my son's favourite part of the whole day was? Not collating,
not copying, not even hole-punching the thousand page
manuscript I'd saved especially for him.
No, it was the coffee room.
The coffee room with the nifty machine that makes individual
coffee servings in seconds and allows you to combine chocolate
and espresso and cream in lascivious amounts and combinations.
By 4:30, he could have flown home.
I think he was supposed to learn something from the whole
experience and Iím sure he did. Iím just not sure his
newly acquired skill at making the perfect mocha was the
So, the lesson here is: ummm, if you want to inspire your
children, work in a place with a good coffee room? No,
thatís not it.
While I contemplate what the lesson was may we present,
for your reading pleasure, the following:
1. "Sleeping Beauty Becomes
Indignant" by Zoe Landale
2. "Fridge Art," by Arlene
3. Recipes from Brad
& Tricia Merritt
All the Best for 2004!