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how I became a certified pancake maker

Just kidding. I don't think that actually exists, but if it did, I definitely would not be one. But let me start at the beginning (kind of),

So I work at my school's dining center for a class. It's supposed to be an intro to culinary skills, but it's really just... a dining center job. So that's fun.

Anyway, going to work isn't bad, but sometimes you just know that the cooks at work don't like you. They call all of us (the kids who work for the class) "FSHNs" (Food Science and Human Nutrition), and they don't trust us to do anything! Which is kind of understandable when I see some of my food prep classmates, but that's another story.

So today, I was making pancakes for the "breakfast for dinner" thing that our dining center does every once in a while. It was my first time making pancakes (for the dining center) and the guy who was in charge of my station said they were good! I know. It really isn't a big deal to make good pancakes. But seriously! I felt really good about myself for the rest of my shift, and I felt like my pancakes were more than pancakes. They were good pancakes.

Eunice, is there a point to this? Maybe. I mean, it's pretty crazy how a single comment on my pancakes changed my mood for hours, you know? I'm still thinking about it now! So what if everyone's days had that? I think the difference between that comment and a lot of compliments that I receive (and give) is that I made the pancakes. Something that I made was good. And it's different when someone says "I like your shoes" or something, because even though I made the decision to wear those shoes, that person would probably like them on any other person. Does that make sense? I hope that made sense.

What I'm trying to say is that compliments about pancakes trump all other compliments. Alternately, compliments about your activity are more meaningful than those about your passivity.

So to all of you reading this: I think you make lovely pancakes.

-Eunice :)