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100 Sandwiches

posted Oct 7, 2011, 7:49 AM by Heather Hawthorne   [ updated Oct 7, 2011, 4:54 PM ]
Sandwich Making Night

Last night the *I AM* Girls had one goal – to make 100 sandwiches for the kids at the Youth Emergency Shelter. 

It started off with two turkeys and some basic math - based on what I think I know about a 5 lb chicken, I estimated that these two turkeys should make about 30-40 sandwiches.  I asked my son how many sandwiches he thought the turkey would make – his answer, “Well, more than 10 and less than 50.”  And that was about as accurate as it was going to get!  I got some ham, and hoped for the best. Some things even Google can’t tell you for sure. 

Sandwich Making Night

Finally after weeks of fruitless math, the turkeys were roasted, sliced and looking like a lot more than 40 sandwiches.  It was time to buy bread.  I eyeballed all the fillings, and bought plenty of bread, thinking we could always send extra loaves of bread back to YESS.  I counted the number of slices in each loaf of bread ….so how many loaves to buy?  White, whole wheat, butter crust?  In my math-fatigued state, I figured 13 loaves should be more than enough. It was the only item that could be accurately counted and calculated ahead of time.   So you’re getting the picture – enough bread to make 100 sandwiches possible, and hopefully approximately somewhere in the neighborhood of enough sandwich fillings - is really all we started with.  And an intention of course!

Sandwich Making Night

We know what happens on the physical plane when a group comes together to do some work.  We’ve all experienced “many hands make light work” - what would have taken one person hours, happens in minutes and inevitably turns into fun when a group works together.  It makes you wonder what is happening in the non-physical planes when a group comes together with a single intention and has some fun together?

As I said, we started our evening setting the goal for 100 sandwiches.  A nice round number, we had enough bread, why not?  The girls turned out to be experienced and efficient sandwich artists – turning buckets of turkey, cranberry sauce, mayo, lettuce, mustard, and ham, into sandwich after sandwich!! They were beautiful!  At first we tried to keep track….that’s 15 sandwiches, ….oh we’re up to 50,… but we soon lost count wrapping, labeling, and stacking….

Sandwich Making Night

After only half an hour, supplies dwindled and we shared the last of the condiments, used the last piece of lettuce.  And then suddenly, as quickly as we started, we were just done.  We had a big pile of sandwiches and a sense of satisfaction for a job well done.  Clean up was quick and easy – already the group has come together as a team.  The girls moved on to a group activity with Erin, and curiosity was getting the best of me.  How close did we come to our goal?  Even a variation of 10-15% would have been quite fantastic given the many variables.  Who knew there could be so many different ways to assemble a sandwich?

As it turns out…the girls made exactly 100 sandwiches.