Tonight Mom and I were out running errands and I needed to stop by my office to pick up a file I had forgotten. I suggested that she come in with me rather than sitting in the cold car.
The visit quickly brought back memories of my own visits to my father’s office as a little kid. Mom hopped on one of the office swivel chairs and started spinning around. She was enjoying herself. We looked at a couple of the things up on my walls and discussed them and how they related to my job. It was a nice bonding moment and yet raised the changed roles between us in a rather pronounced way.
The better moment of the evening came though because I introduced Mom to one of my colleagues who was working late. After we left, I told Mom a little more about the woman she had just met and explained that I am her boss. Mom looked at me and remarked, “you are the boss of a lot of people,” clearly including herself in that list. She liked this comment so much she started clapping.
I would not have used “boss” as a description of my relationship to Mom but I suppose it is a fair point. If so, Mom is definitely the most challenging of the people I supervise. Thankfully, she is also the funniest.