Turning twenty-five reminds me of Marilyn Monroe in the movie Some Like It Hot. Upon turning “a quarter of a century,” she decides its time to take control of her life and, once and for all, abandon her fetish for no-good, saxophone players, who tend to leave her with nothing more than, “a pair of old socks and a tube of toothpaste, all squeezed out.”
In attempts reestablish her life, she travels to Florida in search of a millionaire husband. Preferably, one who wears glasses and owns a yacht. And while, I’m certainly not searching for a husband, be he saxophone player or spectacled millionaire, I am searching for a job. Not only did I just turn twenty-five but tomorrow, I graduate from Culinary School and I have never been so excited for milestone.
My quarter-of-a-century anxieties are about more than a job, or a millionaire. Its wanting to do something meaningful. Stop the moving. Stop the uncertainty. Write a book. Make someone’s wedding cake. Plant a geranium. In fact, my transient existence has even robbed me of the modest luxury of finding a steady hairdresser. I’ve become a hairdresser hussy, never sitting in the same barber’s chair twice.
Graduation and entering the quarter-century club are my opportunity to get started. To take on the world one cookie at a time. Two years ago, when I took the turn onto Stuart Street and out the doors of New England School of Law, which I was exiting for the last time after six months, twelve days and nine hours of study (Not that I counted). I was quitting. I was quitting law school, but actually, but I’d just begun something spectacular.
It involved buying a bandana, working as a barista at a local bakery, learning to make a latte, eating my first doughnut seconds out of a deep fryer, and finding more humanity in food than in any casebook held in the library. My life has transformed into deliberate, headfirst jump into a never-ending rabbit hole, and in the words of Alice in Wonderland, “I wonder if I shall fall right through the earth!”
Congratulations fellow graduating bakers!!!!