This Is Me--2024 A to Z Theme

My A to Z Themes in the past have covered a range of topics and for 2024 the theme is a personal retrospective that I call "I Coulda Been" which is in reference to my job and career arc over my lifetime. I'll be looking at all sorts of occupations that I have done or could have done. Maybe you've done some of these too!

Friday, April 12, 2024

Kitchen worker, Klutz, or King ( #AtoZChallenge )


#AtoZChallenge 2024 letter K

          Kitchen work would not be my go-to career choice although I seem to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.  Seems like through the years I've been the primary cook and kitchen staff in my household.  But it's nice to be appreciated for a meal I've fixed for others and see them enjoy the food.  My Thanksgiving dinners have achieved almost legendary status among my wife's family.  Cooking can be a lot of work, but somebody's got to do it.  Apparently I've answered the call and done an acceptable job.  Too bad I don't get a paycheck for my work, but I guess I get my rewards in other ways.

        Even if I can juggle and cook decently, I'm still kind of a klutz in many ways.  Forget about a sports career for me.  I was never much esteemed for my athletic abilities since I didn't do so well at elementary school recess.  In upper grades I was the bookish nerd type who avoided sports as much as I could.  Others might think that I'm a klutz and maybe I am kind of one, but still I can juggle--even though I am a klutzy juggler.  I did get paid for that. Being a klutz isn't totally a bad thing.

       King sounds good but it is a lot of responsibility.   In my working life I was often a manager.  That's kind of a business version of being "king" I suppose.  I made rules and administered them and when needed meted out justice.  Not like a real king, but I sometimes felt kingly in those positions of authority in my own mini kingdom.  And I was king of my household which didn't provide me any wealth of material riches, but it gave me a storehouse of wonderful memories.  To me that is the best king of all.

         Do you spend much time in the kitchen?  Are you a klutz or do you have agility?   What has been your favorite position of authority?


  1. Obviously I love the kitchen...sometimes when I'm alone cooking in my kitchen I pretend I'm hosting a cooking show and talk like I'm talking to an audience. My cats think I'm crazy, but one of my cats thinks he's a puppy, but she's really a cat. I guess it runs in the household. I would never want to be a king...that would be too much responsibility.
    Check out Crackerberries Kitchen if you want!


  2. There's a difference betwween cooking at home and cooking in a restaurant kitchen, but you knew that.

  3. My first job other than babysitting was at around age 16 when I spent the summer at a roadside onion ring stand. While I did take orders, my main job was cutting up the onions. In my senior year, I worked in a diner both as a waitress and a dishwasher. From time to time when it was slow, I got to be a short-order cook.

  4. Congrats on your Thanksgiving skills! I believe I will defer on kingship to the One True King.

  5. I don't like cooking and I'm not a klutz, but I reckon I'd like to have a crack at being a king. Do you know of any vacancies?


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