We have just arrived back from our annual break. This year took me and My Buddy to The Great Smokey Mountains and Nashville. We all need to have a great appreciation to President Roosevelt for preserving our National Parks they are true treasures. The Smokeys were beautiful and we were so lucky to travel the Park on a day where the visibility was at it’s peak. They are called the Smokeys because certain climate situations will create what appears to be smoke rising out of the mountains like smoke from a chimney. The view from the top of the range seemed that the mountain top and surroundings has a blue cast on it, very beautiful. What struck me the most was the silence. For such a vast area of dense trees and wide open air, you could hear a pin drop. Looking around made you realize how small we are in the grand scheme of things and perhaps our individual day to day problems are not so big. Up there in the hills it is a great place to regroup and reorganize thoughts, dreams and plans. So now it is time to get ready for what begins the 2015/2016 holiday seasons- bring it.
Today begins another School Year, class of 2016- Yeah!. This will be my 16th year accommodating the various school functions here at the flower shop. That has got me thinking about how much things have changed here at the shop over the years. It used to be funerals were a great majority of our sales over the course of the year and kid events where only a small percentage. These past years has seen the pendulum between these two portions of society shift. Families spend less on funerals with the trend toward no services or private family services. However, families are doing much more in terms of flowers for their children. We spend alot of the school year helping out with milestones like school plays, recitals, proms, homecoming, graduation and other activities that help build well rounded children. Two very different events for celebration- the end of a life that deserves celebration and the building of a future that also deserves celebration. It is a thought provoking idea how society views flowers and the celebration in general of a person’s passing vs. a child’s life events and how that has changed over my decade and half here. Makes a person wonder if when the class of 2016 is at an age that they begin to pass away will their relatives even have any calling hours/services or celebrations to include all those that they have touched. Laughter, food, flowers and memories, I wonder….