Against my better judgment, I volunteered to help out with this particular version, and the first thing that was asked of me was if Jenelle could perform. I said, "I'm pretty sure she could do it."
And after discussing with my mother, wife and daughter (gotta remember, with my daughter's extracurricular activities, I'm just Mr. Open Wallet), I was able to say, "Yes." to the request.
So, I brought my daughter Jenelle in with me to spend the day with me, sort of. I say "sort of" because it was mostly activities sandwiched between three speakers, a tour and a special guest speaker.
After all was said and done, I discovered one very salient fact: I still don't like being around children between the ages of 7 & 13.
However, the day was not a complete waste of time. Like I said, Jenelle performed her latest dance competition routine:
For which she wound up receiving a basket containing a stuffed bear, a $10 gift card for I-Tunes, a small manicure set, a puzzle book, and a expandable string bag that she gave to a co-worker's young daughter.
And got her photo taken with local t.v. celebrity Scott Haney. I will say this about Scott Haney, he was a very gracious and very funny speaker. Within five minutes of appearance, which lasted about an hour, he said he would take questions about anything and everything that pertained to him.
Now, this is also included a few questions about his personal life, such as the fact that two days prior to his appearance, he broke up with his partner of 19 years, which if you can believe, was tackily announced on the Hartford Courant website. He graciously answered the children's questions about it, so to speak, then moved on.
Anyways, here is a solo photo of Jenelle with Scott and three group photos with our speakers of the day (Jenelle is on the far right in all three). Alas, I did not get the opportunity to get my photo taken with him.
And that, my friends, is the highlight of my week at work and at home.