It has taken me a couple of days to write about this.
First of all I've been too upset to talk about it and secondly, I'm having a hard time accepting that it is true.
Something that has become very important to me is gone.
It was last seen on Tuesday.
I had it with me at work, in the student's training kitchen.
We set up a mock restaurant two days for every culinary job training class.
The students create a menu and the recipes, and we invite the public in to dine.
It gives the students real world line-cooking practice.
It is one of my favorite thing we do here. I also get to play restaurant.
Half of the students work as cooks and the other half as servers.
I put on an apron and work as the expediter, calling in the orders and keeping the cooks on track.
My sister Beth has the harder job. She teaches the other students to be servers.
I took one of my favorite things in to the kitchen with me, something that has become very important to me in the last two months:
My beloved Morrow Kennel cup is missing.
Not only does it bring back great memories, it is the perfect cup.
It holds lots of ice and one can of diet Pepsi.
It fits on in the cup holder in the truck without falling over.
I left the kitchen on Tuesday to give a tour and eat lunch.
When I came back it was missing.
No one knew where it had gone.
I was trying not to wig-out --and I really do not freak out easily.
In this same building I have given CPR, put out a fire and escorted a violent student out the door.
And this was making me shake.
I gathered the students together and asked in a wobbly voice if anyone had seen the cup. No one would claim any knowledge. Someone started to talk, but quickly stopped.
I said the classic "I won't be upset if it got thrown away, I just want to know."
I think the students were a little afraid of me. And these are adults that have overcome great hardship. Some are currently living in shelters or the department of corrections (with us on work release).
I'll keep praying to Saint Anthony --Tony, Tony look around something is lost and must be found -- but I'm not feeling good about it.
At least I have the memories.