Saturday, May 1, 2010
Saturday night I feel the air is gettin' hot
Today felt like I was in a movie montage, but near the end of the montage when the shots start showing the new flower shop owner with line ups of people waiting to buy flowers! I think I've turned a corner!! I don't want to jinx it but man, I'm so very excited!
I couldn't be more thankful and humbled by the support of my community and the surrounding areas. I know the trials and tribulations that come with starting a business. It isn't easy. In fact, a woman today came in for a visit to share with me her sad news that she recently was forced to close the doors on her young flower shop in the beaches. Her chin wiggled a bit and I suddenly found myself hugging a complete stranger. I rattle on and on about pursuing your dreams and you cannot fail, the universe will support blah blah blah. This woman followed her heart and she gave it her all and things didn't work out. I'm convinced this is only the beginning for her. How can anyone prosper straight out of the gate with rents over $2500 a month? The universe is good but maybe it's still paying off it's student loans?
I say, Caroline, you are warrior and you will make arrangements again! And people, you need to stop supporting the flower trade that delivers to your local grocery store. These flowers are $5 a bunch because they come from a company in Columbia or god knows where else, where the workers aren't allowed bathroom breaks, the women suffer extreme sexual harassment, and the flowers are grown in tubes, in doors- producing no natural smells of loveliness because there are no bees to attract! They sit on a cargo plane for days, then on trucks for hours, and then get to the auction and then get sprayed with aerosol cans that read 'rose scent', 'freesia scent', it's non scents!!! Stop the madness! And consider why your flowers are so cheap. I assure you some sad Sally out there is paying the price. I'll climb down off my soap box now.
I think I've been building this resentment because recently a woman came in and demanded I sell tulips like they do on Roncesvalles for $5 a bunch. She owns an Italian restaurant across the street. You know when you experience a serious, "I should have said" and it eats at you in your sleep. I should have said, "Lady, have you considered 3 for 1 pizza? Because just a hop and a skip from here I can get 3 for 1 pizza. I demand you start selling me three pieces for the price of one in your fine Italian restaurant." That would have shut her up pretty fast. Instead, I said, "Thanks, I'll consider it."
All the woulda, coulda, shoulda's
Layin' in the sun
Talkin' bout the things
They woulda, coulda, shoulda done
But those woulda, coulda, shoulda's
All ran away and hid
From one little did.
Shel Silverstein "Falling up"
Let's all raise a glass tonight to Caroline for taking a risk and pursuing a dream. Don't give up warrior lady!
Let's all look back on our lives and say, 'I did that." No more 'shoulda's.'
Who's with me? I said, WHO'S WITH ME MUTHA $%&*@#! (say this like Samuel L Jackson, and it will be much more affective)
Good night lil' doodles.