So far 2008 is proving to be a year of big changes. Some of it is exciting, and maybe a place in our lives that we’ve been expecting to run into, though not quite so soon and not quite so head on. In the first 4 weeks that Mark has been without a job, I’ve felt panic, relief that he’s been home to watch the kids so I can work without all that childcare stress, indifference, and nauseated with worry. But ultimately, I see it as a sign that this was the time to start our own thing. We have nothing to lose at this point.
Many people think that being a chef is a glamorous job. We get the same reaction from most people every single time we’re asked what Mark does for a living. Most people don’t think about what a hard industry it is to be in when you have a family – the weird hours, (he was out the door by 4:45 am every morning) and the lonely weekends and holidays (he hasn’t spent a single Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving or Christmas with us in the last 5 years). The pay isn’t enough to support a family and unless you’re a superstar celebrity chef, there’s a bit of a glass ceiling on where you can go. He’s reached that point and for a brief moment he’s thought about a career change or going back to school. But in the end, we thought that this was the time to start our own thing, the business that we’ve been talking about forever when we daydream. We’re not sure where it’s going to go or how exactly we’re going to do it, but when we look into the faces of our kids, we know that in our hearts we’ll have to try.