I tend to hum or mutter to myself as I go through my day: a sort of soundtrack that accompanies me from place to place, an old habit I picked up from my childhood with my sister. At the same time she was convincing me that Santa was an axe murderer and that a career as a Christmas tree was not exactly desirable, she instilled in me a habit of comparing the business of life to art (or vice versa). Since I try not to take myself too seriously, my brain tends towards various pop culture references that make me laugh as I go through this daily exercise. No Hamlet for me.
As I was heading into my office this morning, well before the skyway opened, I was muttering to myself: “It’s time to make the donuts” in solidarity with Fred the Baker from the Dunkin' Donuts® commercial. Fred the Baker’s steadfast dedication to his craft always comes to mind when I am busy practicing law. While Fred the Baker works long hours and he is tired, these commercials were not about the drudgery of hard work. Dunkin’ Donuts’® Fred the Baker celebrates the excellence that results from hard work as well as the joy and pride that comes with said excellence. Throughout a legal career – from law school, to studying for the bar, to the early days of practice through years of providing legal services to clients – there are times when lawyers must work long, hard hours—and these long hours do interfere with life. That is why law is a profession and not a club sport.
So as I end a long day of work penning this short blog, I push through the dark skyway to my car muttering “I made the donuts."