I took Olivia to work at KHON2 with me recently because there was a day of no school. She's been there before for half a day, but this was the first time she came at 4 am with me.
She really, really wanted to come with me, and I warned her she couldn't complain about the early wake up. She was a very good girl and woke up promptly.
I laid out a sleeping bag at my desk and she snoozed for the first half of my show. Then, around 6:30 a.m., she woke up and wanted to sit in the studio with me.
Sitting on my lap at the anchor desk.
She sat quietly without complaint, playing video games and talking to Kelly in between Kelly's weather segments. I told her I was proud of her for being so good.
Olivia and Kelly
After the news, I took her to Kissaten Cafe for breakfast and cheesecake. The owner was nice to her and gave her ice cream.
After the day was over, we drove home, and she admitted she was tired. "Now I know why you're tired all the time, Mommy. And now I know why you like your job so much," she said. I thought that was cute.
On the floor by my feet.
"I want to come to work with you every day!" she continued. "Please can I come tomorrow?" She likes that everyone's so nice to her, that we eat at Kissaten, and that she can watch me live instead of waving at the TV in the mornings.
I told her she could come back the next time there's no school, but it also depends on what I have going on at work. She might have to go with Daddy to his work at Moanalua Mortuary, if I'm too busy.
"I like your workplace way better! Please?" she begged.
"What's wrong with Daddy's place?" I asked. I think there's nothing quite as exciting as a newsroom, but I was curious to see what she thought.
"Well, for one, most everyone's dead there," she explained.
So, I thought I was such a cool mom, but maybe the bar is lower than I thought if my competition are people who are no longer drawing breath.