Sunday, March 18, 2007

Life is sweeter

Friday's Quote from A Fancy Word for Simple:

Unbeknownst to most historians, Einstein started down the road of professional basketball before an ankle injury diverted him to science. -- Gary Larson

Ah, poor Einstein. *grin* And yet ... lucky us! I like Gary Larson's wacky viewpoints, and the interesting life lesson of freak occurances sending us down different paths than we had originally intended. At a very young age, I wanted to be a pastry chef. While I was in middle school I even "apprenticed" in a bakery -- that's right, I got up at about 4 am on the weekends, and walked a mile to the bakery and started pitching in, making bear claws, sticky buns, cookies, cinnamon rolls... there was just one problem. It was awfully repetitive and didn't leave much room for creativity. So I got hooked on cake decorating. Now THAT was much more fun! I had so many options, and it gave me so much enjoyment. I started doing it for pay, for family friends, even! The income was much more gratifying than the money I earned babysitting, somehow. I hit a huge obstacle, though. I couldn't make roses on those stupid nailheads. I tried. I tried for a very long time. I got help from a professional cake decorator. Somehow, my hands just wouldn't work as needed. So, I hung up my apron and put away my decorating bags, and I looked into other options. I have to say that it's a good thing I did, because I absolutely love my career. It gives me a completely different way to make people's days brighter ... and life sweeter.


Nicole said...

very interesting and fun to learn about you sounds like it was a fun path to venture down anyway!

Mel said...

Go figure I studied to be an English teacher. It was that or concert pianist.

LOL Now how far off the mark did *I* land?!
Not far--
I'm bettin' we both landed right where we're suppose to be, eh?