It may seem a little strange to be talking about Mistletoe this time of year, its funny how things work. We have been gearing up for spring and just got in a shipment of spring bulbs and pansies.
Today I am proud to have a guest blogger. Arlen has recently joined our team and I threw him in the water so to speak, on his first day. I was happy to find that he discovered what makes me happy about owning a neighborhood flower shop and gardening center, I hope that he has many more experiences like his first day with us.
And now I turn you over to Arlen.
Thursday was a first day, not only at my new job, but also the first warm breeze I’d felt in many months. I wasn’t certain what I would be doing on my first day at Rose Red & Lavender, but I was excited.
It wasn’t long before Kimberly began showing me how to make a flower arrangement. Her hands worked carefully and confidently to place the flowers and plants like paints on canvas. She explained exactly what she was doing the entire time. This particular bouquet was a congratulations from a proud mother to her recently married daughter and when the arrangement was finished it was clear how much care and thought had been put in. The bouquet displayed more than a balance of colors, form and aroma, but also exuded the feeling of growth, as if it were bursting forth with life.
Soon the store was busy again with customers looking for organic potting soil for their baby vegetables or garden sheers and a birthday gift. The hours slipped by quickly and it wasn’t long before I was delivering 3 different gifts, a bouquet for a couple’s newborn, a 30th birthday present and of course the arrangement I had studied for the new Mr and Mrs. When I arrived at their Williamsburg apartment, I was greeted with such joy. They were thrilled to receive the gift and they inquired where the flowers were from. I told them it was my first day working at a wonderful independent plant and flower shop on Metropolitan and Manhattan called Rose Red & Lavender.
The husband, Clint, couldn’t believe it and looked to Martha and told her that it was the same store he had bought the mistletoe he proposed under many months ago (somehow her mom had found the same store from across the country!). How beautiful it was to see the fruition of a seed planted long ago, from a question to a promise, their growth displayed right in front of us. This is how community is built, how our individual lives and stories intersect to show us how connected we all truly are.
And it didn’t stop there, Clint and Marta showed me around their one stop shop for clothing and hair styling called The Head Chop. Clint designs really incredible clothing and accessories (I’m wearing one of his ClinTEES now, thank you so much, its my new favorite!!!) and Martha is an amazing hair stylist. It’s an awesome place so please check them out at: headhoods.com
I guess we’ll see what happens on Day 2…
And for those of you who want to follow what Arlen is doing when he is not delivering flowers you can follow his blog at http://arlenhart.com/Share on Facebook