A short post and not what I had planned but staying true to my commitment for the 10 posts in 10 days challenge.
You don’t make soup for the first time for 50 people.
The zucchini was cut too large. The carrots were still crunchy. The pasta stuck on to the bottom of the pot. A simple online recipe turned in to a two hour chopping mad dash to feed 50 folks.
I was worried it was a complete failure. As we dished out their portions I kept apologizing. It did not look like the soup from any local restaurant, that’s for sure. My biggest fear was that it would not be edible. Since they came back for thirds I think at least that fear was abandoned.
As they came back they brought reassuring words, compliments. Feedback was specific whether they loved the zucchini or enjoyed the heartiness of the dish. Here I was thinking I was the one that was giving. I planned the meal, brought the groceries, chopped for way too long. I had it all mixed up. Looking back I’ve realized how much I have learned to cook with my 6 meals a year with the Toronto Sharing Place.
How many times do we have that same experience in education. We come with our well laid plans, glossy handouts, lesson plans ready to give but end up receiving so much more in return.