My daughter knows that when I go to “work” I go to the mountains that are visible from our home. She occasionally comes to visit me at my office and we go for walks or just lie around looking at nature. What a great office for our children to visit. They can pick up pretty much anything they want and look at it and be curious about it as is their nature. I look forward to the times when she will be able to join me at work not just for a visit but for a day or a week. To her this is my office.
My daughter also knows I have another office, the one I go to more regularly during the offseason. This office is wonderful for her as well because she is able to spend more time with me throughout the day. There has been a good deal of talk lately about my work in the home office as we work hard to get Desert DAWN started. As I write for the Desert DAWN website, I share with her and my wife the topics of the pages I wrote that day. She has not yet been introduced to the World Wide Web but she does know that my work involves something called a “website”.
Today, she did one of those magical things that our children do to make us smile and completely forget the last challenging hour. She went outside, picked up a rock that she had painted and proudly brought it to me with the statement, “here papa, this is for your website.” How can we resist this offer to help in our work, we can’t. So here is my daughters contribution to Desert DAWN. (Though her contribution is far grander than a piece of sandstone she painted, since sharing nature with her as a child is part of the inspiration for starting the school.)