The Freelance Writer’s Struggle on Take Your Daughter to Work Day

“Why do we have to leave the room when you do an interview?” my 5 year old daughter asked.

“I need it to be quiet.”

“I can be quiet,” she told me.

It dawned on me she didn’t know what I did. “Do you know what an interview is?”

“Yeeeeah. You talk on the phone with someone.”

“I have to ask them questions and listen to what they say and write it down, so that I can make a story out of it.”  And since April 25 is Take Your Daughter to Work Day and her Mom works at a mental health clinic with strict patient confidentiality, I realized it was up to me to get her out of Kindergarten on a Thursday. And to start her schooling I conducted her first interview with me in the bedroom and her in the living room using her Mom’s phone.

Jitney Books: What’s your favorite food?

My five year-old daughter: You know what it is. My favorite food is pizza.

When do you like to eat it?



At home.

What’s your favorite color in the rainbow?

Purple, yellow, blue and green. This is easy.

Have you ever seen a rainbow?

On the big bridge.

How did that make you feel?

Happy. Excited.

What else makes you happy?

When I get a toy and candy.

What toy makes you happiest?

LOL Dolls.

How about what candy?

That giant lollipop is the best candy I got. I want to buy more. Buy me more!

…and with that the interview was over.


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David Rolland

David Rolland edits the Jitney blog. He is the author of the novels Yo-Yo & The End of the Century.