My daughter has finished her first week at the new job. She called me every day on the way home from work. I love to hear what she is experiencing, to imagine her in this new life, and to give advice. But I have been surprised by how often I have to say, “I don’t know honey. It depends.” Although I am more than familiar with corporate life, I lack first-hand information about her particular job, her company, its culture and processes. Companies are different and knowing how to navigate them requires direct and detailed observation. I will never have that opportunity. I met her high school teachers and her college thesis adviser. I highly doubt she will ever say the words, “I’d like to introduce you to my mother,” to her boss. Can you imagine? I’d look him in the eyes and shake his hand. And let’s say I showed up with something from the Oriental Trading company for my daughter’s desk? No. No. Your kids get older, they do things you haven’t done and will never do. Another reason to live a full life in your 20’s. Takes longer for your kids to know more than you.
She did say that people liked her new shoes. Yeah. Old dogs have old dog tricks.