I relearned a lesson today. One that I learned long ago. I remember running for Freshman class Treasurer. I put my heart in to that campaign. I was narrowly edged out by a more popular freshman. I can still feel the sting and I vowed to never try that again. Flash forward to junior year where I had a surge of confidence to try out for the school musical. Call backs came and my name was not among them. My heart ached and I vowed never to do that again. A few months later I had a Laurel advisor Kim Farah who shared some of her own stinging experiences and she inspired me to try again. I ran for Senior Class Vice President because no one else was running and how could that hurt? Well, last minute a girl turned in her 15 signatures that was definately more popular than me. I am sure she saw victory in sight. It was too late for me to tuck tail and hide so I went for it. Thank goodness for Marilyn Granat and her speech writing abilities. I delivered a speech that played off of "Subliminal Man" from Saturday Night Live that knocked their socks off and won the office. Later that year with new found confidence I tried out for the school musical and won a lead role. I am sure you are wondering what this has to do with a Pumpkin Log. In my youth I learned the valuable lesson that victory most often comes after the sting of defeat. I am not sure when I forgot that lesson but the Pumpkin Log was my sting of defeat. I have tried multiple times to make it right with less than stellar outcomes. I vowed never to make that stupid log again...oh but how I loved its sweetness. Tonight I said to heck with it, I am going to try it again. I don't know what I did differently. Maybe it was because I was serving my family for FHE. Maybe it was because I had my lucky apron on. (Thanks mom for the St. Patrick's Day apron). Whatever it may be I relearned that valuable lesson that is echoed by Randy Pausch. "Experience is what you get when you don't get what you wanted. And it can be the most valuable thing you have to offer". I'd offer you a piece but I doubt it will make it through the night.