Girls’ Day Out

GraceGirlsDayOu5t-16-2013Families develop their schedules around work and school activities that create… opportunities… for different kinds of parent/child bonding. On Thursdays my son Penn (9) has basketball after school, my youngest daughter Zoë (3) is at pre-school, and my daughter Grace (6 — pictured left) just needs to be picked up. So on the way to school yesterday morning my daughter said, “Let mommy pick me up today.”



“Because we go out.”

“You like that?”

“Yes. We have secrets.”


You see their “secret” above. Now, I’m having this conversation while all three of them are in the car, so the secretiveness of these secrets are dubious at best. My daughter Zoë has to chime in, “I want Daddy to pick me up.”

Bless you, my child.

At any rate, I think we’ve unlocked one secret to childhood happiness: a smoothie with Mommy after school that’s secret. Until now.

Published by James Rovira

Dr. James Rovira is higher education professional with twenty years experience in the field in teaching, administration, and advising roles. He is also an interdisciplinary scholar and writer whose works include fiction, poetry, and scholarship exploring the intersections of literature and philosophy, literature and psychology, literary theory, and music and literature.. His books include Women in Rock, Women in Romanticism (Routledge, 2023); David Bowie and Romanticism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022); Writing for College and Beyond (a first-year composition textbook (Lulu 2019)); Reading as Democracy in Crisis: Interpretation, Theory, History (Lexington Books 2019); Rock and Romanticism: Blake, Wordsworth, and Rock from Dylan to U2 (Lexington Books, 2018); Rock and Romanticism: Post-Punk, Goth, and Metal as Dark Romanticisms (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018); and Blake and Kierkegaard: Creation and Anxiety (Continuum/Bloomsbury, 2010). See his website at for details.

2 thoughts on “Girls’ Day Out

  1. It’s not a secret, they’re just excluding you because they’re concerned about your blood sugar. Grace is conscientious like that


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