The Flower Shop

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I am participating in the March Slice of Life Story Challenge. Thanks to the co-authors of              Two Writing Teachers for creating this  supportive community.

Back for my 5th official year of slicing (I may have engaged in a year of lurking before jumping in). This morning as I scrolled through the posts it was so nice to see so many familiar faces as well as new ones. What a growing and supportive community we have!  Last year I made a conscious effort to let my stories find me, and I hope to continue with that this year. I love trying out new structures, too, and getting inspiration from everyone else. Looking forward to this special month! But what does this have to do with a flower shop, you say? Well…

A few days ago I had the opportunity to deliver books to a preschool in a town (actually a city) not far from where I live. Once a thriving industrial community. Once a stopping place along one of the first long-distance paved roads in Pennsylvania. Once a Native American settlement and fur trading post. Now it stands, like many small cities and towns across the country, with the ghosts of what was and what might have been.

Stopped at a red light, I looked out at vacant lots, run-down shops, and a lonely laundromat. But across the street stood a flower shop, its windows filled with vibrant blooms beckoning passersby to stop in for a visit. An oasis of color in a sea of gray. Just looking at the window bouquets of flowers and balloons made me smile and filled me with warmth.

The light changed, and I continued on…regrettably. I learned later that the family-owned shop has been operating for four generations. I will make it a point to return.

Happy slicing everyone!

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9 Responses to The Flower Shop

  1. Karen says:

    Love this, Rose!! Arriving in this town sounds like the beginning of a novel. 😊

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  2. outdoorsgirl says:

    Thanks for the reminder that spring will soon be here 🙂 With the upcoming Chicago area weather forecast we need these kind of reminders. I might just have to keep my eye out for some signs of spring as well!

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  3. arjeha says:

    Glad you are back, Rose. Your post reminds me that there is beauty everywhere if we stop to look for it. It could be a smile in a crowd of a hundred frowns. It could be one flower blooming in a vacant lot. We all need to find that spot of beauty wherever we are.

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  4. Ramona says:

    Wow, such a lovely response to stopping at a red light: “An oasis of color in a sea of gray.” Thanks for this lovely, short slice!

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  5. “An oasis of color in a sea of gray”. Love that line! Finding the positive and beauty in everything is a great thing to remember! Thank you for the beautiful slice!

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  6. Return to that shop this month and then you’ll have another slice to share with us!

    Glad you’re back for year #5, Rose!

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  7. It is why we slice — slowing down and looking for moments of beauty and meaning. I almost didn’t join — but you all keep me motivated.

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