When Eating At The Cafeteria Just Isn't In The Cards
I am spending today in the lovely little North Carolina town of Mount Olive. Mount Olive is known by many as the Pickle Capital of the World because it is the home of the Mount Olive Pickle Company. I taught at the middle school here in town my first four years in education.
I am here today to attend some continuing education sessions which I hope will get me motivated for this upcoming school year. Usually, by the first of August the excitement about another year of teaching has started to build. This year it is conspicuously absent.
The seminar I'm attending, which runs for three days, is called the Summer Institute. The Institute is akin to a day camp for teachers. I don't actually have to attend this year as I have enough credits to renew my license but a colleague and dear friend of mine is presenting three of the one hour sessions over the three days and I want to support her efforts.
The Institute is held on the campus of the University of Mount Olive, formerly known as Mount Olive College. They do offer lunch in the school cafeteria but I just couldn't bring myself to do a cafeteria style lunch just yet. So here I am at McDonald's enjoying the lunch you see in the picture.
Perhaps I was meant to be here this morning. A young boy of nine or ten told his mother that he'd like to have a job at McDonald's. I took the opportunity to encourage him to stay in school, get good grades, and when he was old enough, come to work at McDonald's and get into their management track program. I let him know that if he stays in school and does a good job at McDonald's, goes to college, and gets the companies management training, he might even get to own his own McDonald's some day.
I'm not sure what moved me to talk to the young man, but he seemed excited about the idea, and his mother sincerely thanked me for planting the idea in his mind. Was it coincidence that sent me to this McDonald's restaurant this morning? I'll let you decide.
Image Credit » DW Davis