Not Long Ago
This young man spent his first day with us.
It was a lovely day in February and we were in Oshkosh when Chef Mason spent his first day with us. He was bright eyed with excitement and worked his way through a line that was nearly half a block long. As always, the folks in Oshkosh warmly greeted the newest member of the KRoo Crew. It was supposed to be a one time thing ~ or occasionally, when we needed help.
In Due Time
We had a great time with Mason that day. Not because of the work he did (which was awesome) but more because of his very kind heart and that heartwarming smile. We told him that when the time came to hire a full timer, he would be the first person we called. We knew it would happen, we just didn’t know when.
About two weeks later a few things transpired and it turned out that was the time. So, I saw Mason at a Chili Cook Off, told him our plan to hire someone full time and offered him the job. It was a great decision for us, and one we’ve never regretted.
Lovin’ Every Minute of It
While I would love for you to think that every minute at the Kangaroostaurant is pure bliss – it’s just not true. We work very hard and ask the same of our employees. We often ask too much of them, and we are painfully aware of that. It is never our intention to have anyone work as hard as we all do, but it just happens. There is always something to do and more to be done. Mason has given us his everything and then some. There were days on the truck last summer where we may or may not have been getting on one another’s nerves. Mason should have walked off the truck many times and just kept walking. But he didn’t. He hung in there with us ~ often chanting “Fight, Fight, Fight” (as one would hear on the Jerry Springer Show) when tensions would get high. Little did he know, his chanting and humor may have saved Jay and I from a fate much worse than spending 16 hours on a food truck together.
Oh the Places You Will Go
Not long after moving into the Kangaroost, Mason began to think about other things he would like to do. He had a far away look in his eye. It was a very stressful time for all of us. I for one never imagined the amount of work and time it would take to make things run smoothly at The Kangaroost. But, Mason knew. And he rolled up his sleeves and worked as hard as anyone can imagine to make it happen…We spent many a long day with Mason wondering how it would all work. But, thanks to him and his selfless giving of time and knowledge, the doors opened.
Because we are all so passionate and so busy, I feel like I have never ackowledged the contribution that Mason has made to the Kangaroostaurant and The Kangaroost. Mason has given many hours of his time and talents to us, and most of all, he put his heart and soul into everything he has done here. He is passionate about local food, sustainability and doing the right thing when it comes to ethical eating.
One Thing Leads to Another
This passion for good food has led Mason to explore a new passion of growing food. Mason will be leaving The Kangaroostaurant on May 8th to begin a new adventure of learning and exploring. He will be taking some time off to forage and relax with friends before heading to the Isle of Wight in the UK. Thanks to the World Wide Opportunities in Organic Farming (wwoff) Mason has the chance to live with and learn from a family practicing organic farming on a small family farm. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn from experts while traveling and learning about food.
After his time on the Isle of Wight, Mason is unsure of his next steps, but I am sure they will be exciting and bring him to new levels of excellence.
The Yin and Yang of it All
This is a wonderful adventure that Mason is embarking on. But, we here at the KRoo are conflicted. While we send him off with well wishes and great enthusiasm, words can’t express how much he will be missed. His sense of humor and kind heart will be deeply, deeply missed. He has become a part of our family. Long hours and hard work bring people together in a way that can’t be explained. We’ve gotten to know Mason as more than an employee but as a wonderful human being and his absence will be noticed and felt by all of us.
Crazy Little Thing
We love you Mason. You will always be a part of what is happening at the Roost. Miles and large bodies of water can’t keep us from thinking of you and remembering all the times we’ve had together. And, I keep telling myself your very own words of wisdom “It’s never as bad as you think it is. Sometimes it’s better, sometimes it’s worse but it’s never as bad as you think.”
Safe travels and til we see you again ~