Thanksgiving is almost here, and I’ve already started planning; picking out some new recipes to try while holding fast to some of my most successful standbys. My calendar is full of jotted notes about when to go to the grocery store to pick up all the ingredients I’ll need and when to make pies or take the turkey out of the freezer to thaw.
When I made my very first Thanksgiving dinner I was so nervous: I didn’t know how to roast a turkey, I’d never made so many side dishes, or even baked a pie! I remember searching through recipes for days, fretting over how I was going to take on such a daunting task.
I set a schedule, timing everything and having an order that each step needed to follow in order for dinner to be on the table at precisely the right time. And then the turkey was done 30 minutes early. In the end it was a successful dinner, but for a few minutes I was completely convinced I had ruined everything.
Ever since then, I’ve been getting better and better, learning from my mistakes, and adding the notes and reminders to my recipe book so I don’t repeat them. My turkey still always seems to cook faster than I anticipate, but now I’m prepared when that happens.
Sometimes it takes us a few tries to get things right, and that’s ok. What’s important is how we handle those “failures” and move on. Kids at The Leaven learn this lesson every day. Sometimes their homework is really hard for them, and they just want to give up. “I’ll never be able to do it!” they may say. But through the hard work of our staff and volunteers, some cheering on and even some high fives, we get to see kids succeed at the tasks they struggle with most.
Because of your support, Leaven kids are learning the value of “Try, Try, Try Again”, and succeeding in school and in their classes. This lesson is one that will stay with them for the rest of their lives, and they’ll know that no matter the struggle, if they keep trying, they can and will succeed.
Even when it comes to making Thanksgiving dinner . . .