To make puff pastry you have to work really hard. To quote the internet “While insanely delicious, puff pastry is also quite possibly one of the most finicky and labor-intensive things that you can make in the kitchen.” Raising a kid is the same (and a cat for that matter). If you want to raise them right, it will be really hard and definitely labor-intensive. Take my cat* for example; if I don’t spend an hour playing with him in the evening – he’ll wake up at 2:30 and howl until I get up and feed him and talk him down from his mid-night anxiety attack. I remember a person who used to work here said that she hesitates to punish her kid by taking his driving privileges away because she’ll get stuck driving him. Yep, it’s hard.
I was presenting at an LDI once, and I asked the leaders where the CEO was – “he’s out golfing”. What? I didn’t come out and ask the staff “why?” but in my mind I questioned his priorities. In my first couple of years here, I was on a ton of committees in Des Moines and spent a lot of time out of the office – the board in Clarion told me that my job was here, and I needed to reprioritize my time. What may seem like a good use of our time or not a good use of our time may result in lack of sleep or an intensely bratty teen that always gets their way … or an organization with so-so engagement; because engagement starts at the top.
Commercial time – the annual 5K walk/run at Lake Cornelia is scheduled for April 15th. It’s a comfortable jog around the lake the day before Easter. Last year I took 2nd in my division**. It’s a great way to start off “your season of you”. The registration is $20 ($30 for the family) or $5 more the day of. You get some great exercise, maybe a medal, and a t-shirt.
**my age group was small. Two to be exact.