One month from today I will be in charge of getting dinner on the table each weeknight for upwards of 20 people.
I am completely beside myself with excitement! And terror!
I’m grateful I was able to apprentice with last year’s farm cook and see what goes into feeding lots of hungry farmhands each night. But being in charge is going to have a new set of challenges.
I love to cook, and I want to get better at it. One of my life aspirations is to be like an Italian mama when I am old – one who doesn’t need a recipe and can improvise on command, adding spices and herbs along the way, a dash of this and a dash of that. So this work is personal to me, this feeding of people. And you know what? I have and will continue to make a lot of blunders along the way. These last few months I’ve been trying to keep my kitchen mishaps in perspective – I keep telling people I’m “cooking all my mistakes out.”
I re-visited this video today with a wonderful message by Ira Glass and wanted to share it with you, too. No matter what your craft (and I truly believe we each have one!), there’s a lot of truth in it:
You have to work at your work. You have to set up many cow fences and knit a ton of rows and poach a lot of eggs and write thousands of words and break a lot of guitar strings and practice talking in front of numerous crowds. You have to do it over and over and over again. But be encouraged! Because, as Ira reminds us, it’s all a part of the process.
What is kind of work are your working at?