Sunday, May 19, 2013

postheadericon Serendipity

The occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way: "a fortunate stroke of serendipity".

Her name is Carolina.  She's 13, angry and scared.  The officer walks into the dispatch room where I am working my afternoon shift as a part-time 911 dispatcher.  He tells me that she has a bad attitude.  He caught her trespassing on city property with a group of teens.  The officer walks into lock up to talk with the other kids from the group.  Carolina is in our lunchroom alone.

I walk in and see her sitting at the table.  I can feel her fear and my mom instinct kicks into overdrive.  I engage her in conversation about art.  Then it occurred to me that I could offer a kid like this something...she has an interest in art, I have a business that engages a person's creative talent.  Then it hit I handed her my business card and told her, if she would like to find a way to use her talent and needs something better to do than hanging out and getting into trouble, she could give me a call.

I really think I am on to something.  Mentoring at-risk teens and get them interested in art, pastry or both!  I'm excited about this idea...I've heard so many other cookie artists say the best way to succeed is by giving back...this makes lots of sense to me because I love to mother, obviously, I have 5 daughters!  It will make me feel good to help a young girl find an interest that can give her some direction in life, how exciting is that?!