I just couldn’t resist sharing this funny phone conversation with my mom this evening. I was discussing a documentary I recently watched about Mt Vesuvious and the city of Pompeii and how they had discovered a bit of graffiti on the walls of these stone ruins. I was relating how I couldn’t believe that 1200 years ago, they wrote graffiti on the walls of these stone latrines! I asked her if it was true that some things never change?
When I asked my mom about this, she laughed hysterically and she said ” my mother always told me to never forget… ” Fools Names & Fools Faces always appear in Public Places” I really had to laugh at the wisdom of her mothers statement. But I really wanted to know if that was her moms statement, or a proverb of history. My mother said she had no idea, she only knew that it came from her mother and that she had heard it preached to her MANY times.
Well, thank goodness for Google and the internet! I proceeded to Google the saying, then with further clues, I was led to a site that listed many such proverbs, all from a man named Thomas Fuller. My mother was so excited to know more about Thomas Fuller, because it was a link to her Mother who died when my mother was only 17 years old. So I continued to search Google (thank goodness for our ability to multi task) while I was talking to my Mom on the phone. I stumbled upon a website that had 9 pages of Thomas Fuller quotes, and mom and I continued to read them together and laugh. Her final question was when did Thomas Fuller live? After a little further Google research, I discovered that his bio was 1608 – 1661. I almost gave my mother a heart attack! My Mom was born in the early 1930’s, so to her the fact that her mother was quoting some really incredible quotes of wisdom from the 1600’s was pretty astounding. She happily said ” my mother must have been a pretty well read woman”
I was pretty impressed with how cool that phone call went! I couldn’t help but think Happy Holidays to our family, what a legacy!
Honestly, I have to admit that I borrowed the saying ” Have a Cool Yuletide” from one of my customers! It really made me smile today, so I had to share it. I hope she doesn’t mind.
I felt the need to stop tonight & just take a breather from the hectic pace that we are running at the studio. I wanted to share my blessings with everyone.
It’s the season when everyone I know gets to send their love, their thoughtfulness, and express their joy with the people they love & appreciate. I have to admit that sometimes during a holiday I feel a little touch of sadness at what I think I am missing out on. When I have days where I barely have time to get a drink of water or eat during the day, it makes me stop and ask myself why I love being a florist, but yet I still come back to JOYFUL!
One of my customers asked me today if anyone ever sends me flowers during the holidays. It really made me stop and think…..Life is different in a floral design studio this time of the year! We are so busy and running at such a fast pace, that we do not even have time to shop for gifts for our children, our family, or our friends. We have no time to do Christmas cards,(unless our friends want to receive them before Thanksgiving or before Valentines Day! :>) ) Most of us don’t have time to attend Christmas parties because we are busy designing beautiful flowers for the parties & celebrations that are going on with all of our friends & clients. But I have to say that I have indeed been blessed many times with gifts from my customers and it has given me much JOY!
Now please don’t think I am complaining, because being a small business owner is a labor of love! We love what we do, and we experience a lot of JOY from sharing our talent and making people happy!
Our business brings us close to the circle of life in which we share love, sadness & JOY. We share in our clients life events! This week alone, we were able to share a little in all of the things that life can present. For each of us, the view of the season is different. There is of course, a ton of holiday cheer, but also for some a very sad suicide, or a natural death celebrating a loved ones very full & long life, a sudden loss of two people you loved, the birth of a brand new life, a congratulations on a new successful business venture, a wedding, a birthday celebration, a sickness, happiness at a loved one recovering from an illness, an anniversary, a few apologies, and a couple of “just because” I love you dearly! When I look at the scope of what we do…this covers a whole lot of life!
We are artists at heart and we love sharing the JOY in your lives through our flowers! I wanted to take a minute and thank you all for this past year, all the blessings and support you have given us. All of the JOYOUS moments you have shared with us are cherished & we appreciate you so much. Have a wonderful holiday season, & we hope you get to experience the same JOY in doing all of the things you love! Pass the JOY on!