Now that summer’s over, it’s time to get the house sorted and organized. I’m going through cabinets and drawers and clearing out all the unnecessary clutter. The other day when I was sorting through the large filing cabinet downstairs, I came across a stash of old pictures. They were in a brown envelope marked 113 South May Street. At first I wasn’t sure what was in that envelope because it was all lumpy. But there they were, a stash of photos from my store. It was like finding buried treasure.
Normally I’m not the sentimental type. I don’t scrapbook or have many keepsakes. I never even put my wedding pictures in an album. But these pics got to me. I sat there for the longest time and looked at every one of them. It was a great time in my life. Having the store was so much fun. It was a real gathering place and so many of my customers became my friends.
I had the store from 1994 to 2001. My eldest son was born in 2000, and I decided to give up the store to stay home with him. Soon two more boys followed, we moved to London, Ontario, and life was so busy that I never really had time to look back and think about what was.
I was lucky because I worked with the most amazing girls. We had a lot of fun and got to do so many things. We worked in the store 6 days a week, and we still managed to find time to do seminars, decorate weddings and corporate parties, organize open houses and make florals to sell.
Finding the pictures reminded me of what we all accomplished together. Rob was always there to pitch in and help, as were my parents, cousins and aunt and uncle. So many people supported me, showed up to events, shopped at the store and joined in the fun. Here are a few of the good memories.
Baby’s first Christmas at the store. It was easy when there was just one.
Life after the store…this is who kept me busy!
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