Hitting the mark.
I love to cook. When I was in high school I took a job cooking at a summer camp for 300 campers and staff every week for nine weeks. Not the Ritz, I’ll admit, but it was so much fun! I cooked my heart out with some amazing people for four summers straight. In. My. Element.
And then my brother joined the army. He had been the archery director for those four summers. Well, filling a camp kitchen job opening is not a difficult one. Filling the role of a qualified archery instructor is a harder target to hit. So I was offered the job. Simply because I was my brother’s sister. Apparently, archery skills are thought to be genetic.
I spent the next nine months poring over merit badge books, writing back and forth to my brother for advice and stringing up his old thirty-five pound recurve every chance I had. By the time the next summer rolled around I could make a bowstring from scratch, re-fletch arrows, set up a regulation distance range and field archery course and at least hit the target without snapping my left elbow with the string. I was certified as an instructor by the National Archery Association and qualified to run the archery range at the camp.
In the kitchen I had a great time with our team, pulling together enormous meals three times a day, improvising if something ran low or (eek) burned. While working on the archery range I helped a number of scouts earn their archery merit badges. It sounds so small when put like that, but on the range there was a whole different type of teamwork going on. There is such joy in being part of someone else’s success. There is a whole different dynamic when you work one-on-one with a scout, rather than behind the scenes in the kitchen.
From cooking to archery to accounting? I toured a number of accounting firms my last year in college. The ones that really stood out were those that showed a genuine interest in relationships with their clients and with their staff. They offered a strong team in the office and great support in the field, working directly with a variety of businesses and individuals to achieve remarkable successes. Is it any wonder I chose Larson Gross?
I still pull out the targets and bows when visiting my folks on the weekends; my kids now living up to their DNA. I am still in touch with my camp staff family; years well spent building lifelong relationships.
And my recipe for nine hundred peanut butter cookies is still unmatched.