My 3 1/2-year-old loves My Little Pony. No, not the 1980s version (can you even find that anymore?) but the new “Friendship is Magic” series that actually has an entire (large!) fanbase that’s over the age of 20. In a moment of weakness while enjoying a relaxed Girls’ Afternoon Out with Little Miss and Miss Bennett…I caved at Build-A-Bear and she stuffed a new best friend: Pinkie Pie, the Plush Version. Pinkie Pie does everything now – eats with us, sits on the floor next to the tub during bath time, rides in the car with us, goes to the grocery store with us, sleeps in bed with Little Miss, and even carries on conversations with family members, friends, and other toys.
Nearly every day Little Miss asks to come to work with me. She loves the novelty of not staying home with Daddy and Miss Bennett all day (though they do lots of fun things, too), and she is spoiled nearly rotten by my coworkers. Since I work in a small, private office, occasionally on short days I’ll let her come with me. She has a cupboard in my office containing crayons, paper, misc. toys and games, and yes, some ponies that keep her occupied while I work. (Well, until she ends up at our office manager’s desk playing “school,” playing with the stamps and stickers and markers, and helping sort the mail.)
Most days I tell her she can’t come with me. Though my workplace is very kid-friendly, flexible, understanding, and accommodating, I don’t want to overuse any of that privilege. From time to time, on some of those days when I say no, Little Miss runs to her room to find a replacement for herself. Once she sent a tiny toy cat with magnetic feet to work with me. Another time it was her current favourite stuffed animal.
Today…I went to work with Pinkie Pie. She kept herself quite busy, too, so throughout the day I sent pictures to Husband to share with Little Miss. Here’s how my first Bring Your Pony to Work Day went: