Just a quick post today – an update on the first week! It’s been packed full of fun and learning, to say the least. I got my first shipment of flowers in on Tuesday, and then? The rains came! It poured all day long and was freezing! Some brave souls popped in, soaked but determined to bring a little sunshine home with them, and I enjoyed meeting every person! It was a lovely day, actually – Madz and I stayed cozy in the shop, enjoying its adorable splendor as it was packed with fresh blooms.
Then yesterday, the sun came back out and so did lots of Uptowners! The phone rang, the doors were open, deliveries went out and I got to meet so many fantastic neighbors! We’re also working on a rehearsal dinner for tonight at Revolution Brewery, and big wedding at the Chicago History Museum this weekend, so there was lots to do ALL day long! When I finally went to shut the lights off at 8:00, something on the shelf caught my eye: my Daruma doll! Let me explain.
My husband used to live and work in Japan, so he learned a lot about Japanese culture, and has always admired the fact that a strong work ethic and attitude of perseverance are prevalent. When he came back to live in Chicago again, he brought some Daruma dolls with him. They’re basically toys that are given as gifts to encourage people towards achieving their dreams. When you buy them, both eyes are blank. You decide what your dream will be, and you color in one eye. Then you wait. When that dream comes true, you get to color in the other eye.
He gave me my Daruma doll when we first got together a few years back. I thought to myself “I want to make a living working for myself, at my own flower shop” and I colored in one eye. Two years passed, and I started the events side of Forget Me Knodt. Another year passed, and I was doing weddings on the side. Finally, I had enough weddings that I quit my writing job and just did wedding flowers full time for a season. I thought at that point, “Maybe it’s time to color in the eye? I am making a living with flowers…it’s out of a studio, not a shop, but still!” But no…it didn’t feel right. So, I left the second eye blank.
Last night as I was closing up after a busy day, I realized, “Hey! Look! I am making a living working for myself, at my own flower shop!” And I actually got pretty emotional! It might seem strange to those of you who were at the opening party last week because the shop was already put together and such, but to me, it still didn’t seem real.
Last night though, I finally believed it. So I grabbed a black pen and colored in the other eye.
Thank you to each and every one of you who read this blog, who follow mine and Maddie’s Facebook adventures, who send sweet comments on Instagram, and now, who come into the flower shop to say hello. Look! You made my dream come true!