Today as I walked through my pantry, I eyed some jars of strawberry jelly and caramel apple butter, then moved them from the open shelf into a cabinet. I wouldn’t want Ed to open and eat them before I get a chance to enter them in the fair this fall.
As I was hiding the jars behind some empty jars, I realized I’m a competitive person. Not in a “keeping up with the Jones’s” kind of way. Not with material things. I just want to do my best, be the best that I can. I guess I’m a perfectionist.
Years ago when I was completing my BEST portfolio (an evaluative portfolio for all second-year teachers in the state of Connecticut), I wanted it to be the best. Not only did I want to get the highest score possible on my portfolio, I wanted it to be chosen as an exemplar, one of the best portfolios in the state. Even though I didn’t get chosen as an exemplar, I did get selected to present some tips for success to teachers the following year. That had to be good enough.
While I easily could have gotten a B on the papers I’ve worked on the last few days, that wasn’t good enough. I don’t only want an A, I want an A+. (Are you reading this, professor?) I wasn’t going to do less than my best, even if it meant spending countless hours sitting at the computer while also neglecting my responsibilities around the house (like dishes, laundry, grocery shopping, pulling weeds…). If someone was going to grade me on my housekeeping, I think I’d put in a lot more effort. Perhaps I need to institute a monthly housekeeping report card. (Yeah right).
Anyway, back to the fair. Last year, I entered my butternut squash pie in the Guilford Fair and won Best In Show. This year, I plan to enter the pie again, along with some preserves. Strawberry jelly, caramel apple butter, applesauce, canned tomatoes and canned peaches are on my mental list of entries. I want them to win blue ribbons. Red and yellow are unacceptable around here.
I’m also planning to enter my butternut squash pie in the Durham Fair this year. Durham is the unofficial state fair, and I’m going to be up against some stiff competition. But that blue rosette from Guilford last year gave me the confidence I need to try Durham. Blue is my favorite color.
Are you planning to enter anything in fairs this year?