Apr 28, 2013 Work as play, and play as work, revisited with my son
I sometimes summon the image of my mentors Steve Rench to my left, Jun Yasuda to my right, and Cheng Man Ch’ing to my rear when in the courthouse. I add to that having my son in front of me. I became a father in my fourth decade. If anyone helps assure that I stay in touch with my humanity, it is my son, now seven. If I even dared to say even one word of legalese to him, he would grab me by the arm and pull me over to play.
My son and I play a lot, and recently we started hiking more often on the Billy Goat trail, which is one of my favorite hiking places, and now my son’s as well. Last Thursday, I had my first chance to experience with him Take Your Child to Work Day, after court finished. He handed my legal memorandum to the court clerk, and got a date-stamp back for me. He helped me pick up discovery from the prosecutor’s office. At my office, I showed him how to use the copier, fax machine delivery to my efax, and scanner. He has come to my office many times on weekends, but not often during the weekdays.
Throughout the afternoon and evening, my son reminded me to incorporate play and the power of my child within into my work. Before going to court, we got a snack around the corner, and played the table’s video game together. On arrival at my office, he started off with playing on Nick.com before we got to work on copying, faxing and scanning. I handled meetings and other obligations while he took care of business in an office that was not being occupied that day.
We went to dinner at the end of the day at the restaurant of his choosing, Potbelly. On the way there, my son wanted first to race up and down the inviting wide stairway in the nearby plaza.
This was an afternoon and evening always to remember. Deeply thanking and bowing to my son, and hugging him closely.