When people ask the question, “What do you do?” and I tell them I work in a flower shop, they usually respond with one of the following reactions: “Oh! I’ve always wanted to work in a flower shop” or “It must be so much fun working around beautiful flowers everyday…”
Here are the “Top 10” [Light-Hearted] things I’ve learned working at a flower shop…
1. Dignity is overrated…you realize this after the fourth time you slip on spilled water and try to remain upright #ArmsFlailing
2. While we’re on the subject of things that are overrated, add lunch breaks to the list…Thankfully “Halfpenny’ s” is 10 steps away! #YumCarmelAppleMuffins
3. As much as you want to wear your cute sandals or flats to work, Don’t. [See #1]
4. The Keurig™ … it’s a way of life #CaffeineFix
5. “Every Rose Has its Thorn”… some are more like daggers, and their only mission in life is to lodge themselves into your fingers
6. Valentine’s Day…need I say more? #NotAnotherRedRose
7. Manicured nails are a thing of the past
8. In Large quantities, Baby’s Breath [or Gypsophila, as it’s known in the industry] kind of smells like cat pee #StillPretty
9. The occasional “Bride-zilla” & “Groom-zilla” does exist – I get it! #WeddingJitters #ThePerfectDay
10. There is no greater temptation than to walk in to the cooler the size of a living room at your favorite wholesalers and gaze upon the most gorgeous blooming beauties. You must develop tunnel vision and repeat the following mantra, “I‘m here for a reason…I will only buy what I need…”
And just when you feel like you can’t poke even one more stem in to an arrangement, someone comes into the shop and says, “I’m on my lunch break, and I just had to stop in and buy some beautiful flowers to brighten my day.”
That’s when I remember ….My job is pretty awesome!
We love our customers!!
P.S. In all seriousness, I have learned so very much more…sometimes it can get chaotic but at the end of the day it’s a good feeling to walk away and know that you played a small part in brightening someone’s day.
That’s why….”I do what I love and love what I do”!!
By: Maureen Nolan