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Where did the summer go?

08-21-2014
The summer is almost over!  Soon lunch ladies will be back to work, slinging sloppy jo (HA! We have sloppy jo maybe 4 times a year!), begging for lunch money and whining about our aching feet.  Where does the summer go?
For me, the summer meant getting my book all together and sending it to my “Go to” person for his review.  Mission accomplished!  I have a Chapter on “Building up the morale” of the lunch lady, but I’m not sure if I want to use it.  I state how we (Lunch ladies) need to be proud of what we do and go about changing the stigma associated with our job.  I state it has to start with us.  Well, I talk a big talk but can I walk the walk? 

Answer is I don’t know.  I know lunch ladies who L.O.V.E. their job.  It’s their “Calling.”  They can’t wait to get back to work to see the kiddies, to feed them their nutritional meal, to be proud of a day that went well even though their exhausted. 
Me, not so much but maybe, just maybe I can get my mojo back!  I can’t say that I am ready to go back but I will say I can’t wait for the paychecks to begin again.  I am certainly hoping for a better year than last.  Last year was the worst.  Last year was like starting all over.  Last year was a year of change.  This was hard for an old gal like me.  I wanted normalcy.  I didn’t want the change, but as my dad used to say, “You’re not too old for your wants to hurt.”  And oh how I hurt! 

What did I learn from last year?  Oh too many things to type. But here are a few:

1)      Move on – Yep, get over it and move on.  There was nothing I could do to change the situation so why did I make myself sick, angry and sad?  Put it in a bubble and blow it away!

2)      Don’t confide to people that can use it against you.  Yep, in a vulnerable moment I confided my hurt and anger only to have it used against me.  Learned a really valuable lesson with this one.

3)      Don’t take out your frustration on family, employees and friends.  Just don’t!

So what do I do now?  Go back to work and act as if nothing happened last year?  No, I’ll take the lessons I learned and use them to move forward. .  Someone said to me:  What can you do to neutralize the situation at work?  I took those words and tried to figure out what gives me the most anxiety, and make the changes necessary.   Will I still be stressed?  Who knows, time will tell.  But one thing is for sure, I’m one year closer to retirement and Medicare!
I hope you have a great year.  Take it one day at a time.  If being a lunch lady is your calling, you go girl/boy!  You rock!  Put your feet up at the end of the day and congratulate yourself on a job well done.  Me?  That’s a story for a different blog.
 

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Anecdote of the Week
Ode to the Lunch Lady - Submitted Jane Broberg

 
We toil and sweat in the middle school kitchen.
With laughter, tears, and even some bitchin...
Is it the generous pay you ask?
Why heavens no, please pass the flask.

We ove our jobs for many a reason.
But #1 is the summertime season!
The smells, the clatter and constant chatter
And the children's smiles are what really matter.

Ovens wafting with the smell of homemade bread,
Or do you prefer the aroma of chocolate chip cookies instead?
Chicken nuggets, spaghetti and sloppy Joes,
To find out kitchen, just follow your nose.

The government would like to spoil our fun,
Their ever changing rules have us under the gun.
What temp did you say the pizza should be?
What size scoop goes in the peas?

Bruises, cuts and too many burns,
When it comes to these we all take turns,
Shredded fingernails and aching feet,
Without these, our day wouldn't be complete.
We feel we have the best job there could ever be,
Because we work with such wonderful ladies you see!

Submitted to me by someone who wished to be anonymous.

 

Lunch Lady Poem





We love the hairnets, the aprons and smiles.



The meals that you cook keep us going for miles.



Buts it's not just the meals; it's your kindness and care.



We think you are wonderful and love the meals you prepare.





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