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One beautiful fall Saturday afternoon, I attended a lobster bake near Portland, Maine with a number of great educators from the Maine Principals Association, NASSP, & NAESP. Everything was just picture perfect: the weather, the scenery, the company, and the congeniality. Now, I certainly have had my share of seafood, but I’ve only ever been to one other lobster bake in my life.
This was a special event. There was music and appetizers, and then it was time for dinner! The hosts placed the giant lobster on my tray, along with corn, butter, and a baked potato. As I moved to the seating area, I found the locals, (the men and women who lived in Maine), and said, can I join you? I knew they would know what they were doing. I wanted to fully enjoy the lobster and not slice my hand open either. I sat next to Matt Haney, an 18-year principal from Bar Harbor (Baaaah Haaabaaar) . I asked Matt if he would help me? I really had no idea what I was doing. The table laughed and Matt was a great instructor. He was patient, very clear with his directions and modeled what needed to be done with a sense of humor and grace.
It was an absolute blast. Matt and I, and our table had a lot of laughs and enjoyed a delicious lobster dinner. I learned about the softness of the shell due to the time of year it was caught. The whole experience was awesome.
It got me thinking about being around people who have done it before. Putting yourself in a position to learn from someone else who has done the thing that you are trying to do. Most people are looking to help you and have you succeed. That was certainly the case with me and the lobster, and my friends from Maine. Experience is a valuable commodity. Both positive and negative, and usually people are willing to share both. When you are faced with something that you don’t know about, get in touch with someone who does and enjoy the journey. Thanks Matt for your help with the #Lobstaaaah
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