shop stories and Soliloquy
posted by arin! on 03 Mar 2014 07:00 am
During the 2007 Holiday Season, we were invited by one of our customers to attend a holiday party at her home. Our tiny shop had been open for five months, by then, and both Karen and I were taking turns quietly craving some sort of reassurance that the path we’d chosen was the “right” one. And so we were delighted to learn that, as part of the festivities in her home that evening, we’d each be given a chance to speak to a Real Life Astrologist who had been invited to provide the evening entertainment for her guests.
Aforementioned Astrologist looked to be 163 years old, with bright blue eyes that were clear enough to gaze into a soul. Our consultations went something like this: Karen walks into a basement bedroom and finds Aforementioned Astrologist sitting at a table. She closes the door behind her, sits down and learns that Everything Is, Was, and Will Be AWESOME!!! (Insert Fist Pump!!!). Next. Arin walks into a basement bedroom and finds Aforementioned Astrologist sitting at a table. She closes the door behind her, sits down and learns that Arin Makes Everything Harder on Herself Than it Needs to Be (and that she’ll continue to do that for awhile longer). Then Arin cries (no worries…it all worked out…). BUT THEN! Karen and Arin are invited to sit down TOGETHER where they learn that their busy, busy, busy-feeling selves had yet to LEARN WHAT BUSY WAS over the years ahead. (I don’t remember what happened next, but I imagine that Busy-Feeling Karen and Busy-Feeling Arin looked at each other and simply said something profound. Something along the lines of “well, huh.”).
Dear Readers of This Blog,
If you have not given up hope that we CAN successfully post something in this space on a REGULAR basis (I know, I know, you’ve heard this before…), we’d like to invite you to join us
in the days ahead as we do our very best to share snippets with you that you find inspiring/entertaining/friendly.
The Astrologist was right. Since we last posted on this blog, life has brought, between the two of us, 2 puppies, 2 houses, 1 husband, and 1 baby. We hope that this is “The Busy” that The Astrologist eluded to as we are finding plenty on our plates as it stands. While powering through, though, we have been asked, over and over and over again by you, dear friends, how we’ve been doing. Where we’ve been. That Miss Ephemera’s voice has been “a little quiet, lately.” And that is why, amongst EVERYTHING, there was much discussion between Karen and I about making our communication with YOU a tip-top priority in the year ahead. Because, as always, we are reminded that as much as we try to put something cheerful into the world through our interactions with you in the shop, we are both CARED about so immensely that the cheerfulness is returned to us by YOU one-million-fold. What comes around, goes around, right?
And so this is important. We are excited to reach out to the friends that we’ve already made in a new way, and we’re excited to meet the friends that make their acquaintance known through this space.
Let’s get started.
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