I had always talked about my job a lot at home, and my young daughter had always expressed great interest. I thought it would be a treat for her to spend the day with me at the office.
Since I wanted it to be a surprise, I didn't tell her where we were going, just that it would be fun. Although usually a bit shy, she seemed excited to meet each colleague I introduced. On the way home, however, she seemed somewhat down. "Didn't you have a nice time?" I asked.
"Well, it was okay," she responded. "But I thought it would be more like a circus."
Confused, I asked, "Whatever do you mean?"
She said, "Well, you said you work with a bunch of clowns, and I never got to see any of them!"