From the desk of Teresa Jordan, Executive Director – For probably over 10 years now, whenever I ask my son what he would like for supper he answers in his best French accent, “Filet Mignon.” He answers this way not because Filet Mignon is something that we have on a regular basis, but because he thinks he is hilarious asking for a fancy dish on a Tuesday that he knows we don’t have, and that we will just make one of the 10 or 12 things we always have, and that I will think he is so cute and not ever realize that in all these years he has never offered any help in figuring out the daily quandary of what in the world are we going to have for dinner.
In fact, we have never had Filet Mignon until this week; it was his 21st birthday dinner and I surprised him.
First, I asked, “What you would like for supper,” expecting the age-old French accent to ensue… and he said, “I would love your world-famous lasagna.” So that was not quite to plan, but it was a great surprise and a nice birthday supper.
Here’s the thing, he was not overly impressed. He liked the fancy meal but in the end said that my lasagna would have been better.
Sometimes I guess that is the way it is – the highlight reel of someone else’s life on social media fills our head with Filet Mignon dreams, which is great… but sometimes when we actually achieve or acquire those dreams, we realize that the lasagna reality show we are living is pretty nice too. Not quite to plan sometimes is the plan.