• Leslie Kate Thornton

Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?

"Why did the chicken cross the road? To prove it could be done." – S. Truett Cathy, Founder of Chick-Fil-A

Sometimes we have to find resources. Resources are not always in plain sight. A glaring lack of resources produces creativity. As a person with a disability, it’s important to be creative to overcome obstacles. My adventure at Chick-Fil-A was interesting from the start. I got the job by asking a friend of a friend for a favor. The job I asked for was a dining room hostess. The idea of asking was one of desperation. Being desperate sometimes gives you courage.

I started with the confidence of doing what I could and figuring out what I couldn’t. For the most part, that worked. The occasional ask for help was available too. Working with friends made asking easier.

After a while, it became easier to do my job because I had developed techniques. I became better at time-management and hustling. The biggest thing I had to learn was how to do tasks in an order that allowed me to multitask. This eventually became second nature to me. The most interesting thing I had to learn is where to put all my supplies and other things in my apron. Since I can only use one hand, that was a big deal.

The lessons I learned at Chick-Fil-A certainly made an impact on my life. I learned to have more compassion toward people. People can be cruel and sometimes all we can do is have compassion for them.

On occasion, you can’t please a person no matter what you do. You have to do what you can and move on. There are always going to be bumps in the road. No road is smooth. On a positive note, I learned that you can be a small part of someone’s day and still make the biggest impact. Also, behind every great company is an even better team.

Overall, Chick-Fil-A was an awesome first job. I learned many valuable lessons. Most importantly, it encouraged me to pursue bigger and better things. If it weren’t for Chick-Fil-A, I wouldn’t have had the courage or the motivation to pursue my dream job.

Now, I’m the social media content coordinator for Progressive Abilities Support Services. I’m the person who builds content and collects and shares articles and videos. Sometimes I will share my own short stories. My passion is showing what equality and inclusion should be like in this modern, diverse society. I hope you will enjoy this adventure in my journey as much as I am!

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