Just in case you haven’t heard me say this already, there is no such thing as “good vegetables.” As far as I’m concerned, the word “good” and the word “vegetables” should never be put side by side. There is no greater oxymoron than “good vegetables.” One of my least favorite vegetables is cabbage, and I’m not joking when I say that I think eating cabbage could be used as a sentence for petty crimes.
If you happen to like eating cabbage, I won’t hold it against you because we live in a country where people are free to eat whatever they like. But, do you prefer eating leftover cabbage? Would you cook cabbage one day and then put them in the refrigerator for 4 days before you had it for dinner? Leftovers are what you have after a meal. It’s what’s left over. Most people prefer freshly prepared meals-even cabbage.
Have you ever felt like someone had given you their leftovers? Not leftover food but have you as if some had given you what was left after their best was given elsewhere: leftover time, leftover attention, leftover affirmation, leftover love? Just like 4-day old cabbage, it’s not hard to detect when you are being served leftovers.
When we step into a role (as parents or youth workers) we silently say that we are committed to being there and being consistent and we should never take that responsibility lightly. Take an extra minute to get yourself together. Be on time. Do what you said that you will do. Give your best.
hamsight: Don’t serve leftover cabbage to people you care about