A few weeks ago, a lady came into my store on a Saturday afternoon. She had been in before when my daughter was working so this time she was just "popping in" to see what new things I had gotten in. Her name was Flora or Ms. Flora as I call her. She was retired and loves all things primitive and country. She is from El Salvador and we instantly hit it off.
She had told her husband that he was in need of a haircut! Come to find out, she only did that because I am beside the Barber Shop in town. She thought she could pop in while he was getting a trim. She was telling me that she and her husband had just moved to North Carolina from New Jersey because their daughters had moved here. They didn't know many people and wanted to know the best places to eat, shop, and so on.
Once her husband had finished at the Barber Shop, he stopped over to get her. She invited me over to their house so that I could see how she had decorated her home in Country and Primitive goodies. I told her I would love to. She gave me directions and we made plans for me to come over after I closed the shop.
About 5:30 or so, I headed off to Ms. Flora's house. I pulled in her driveway and noticed all of the cute buckets filled with plants and a set of old rocking chairs on her porch that were the same set that my grandmother always sat in. As soon as she opened the door, she gave me a hug! She took me on a tour of her beautiful home! She kept joking that she loved Country and she wasn't even from this country! Her husband just let us do our thing - he paid no attention to us roaming all over the house! Finally, we all came to rest in the living room. We talked for hours about decorating, her life in NJ, my life in NC, . . . .
She had a stencil that read "All Because Two People Fell In Love" and she showed me where she wanted to put it in her living room. Her husband, Mr. Louie, expressed how he did not like the look of the stencil directly on the wall in the living room. We tried to think of other places she could use the stencil and left it at that. After a few hours, my own family was starting to think I was missing in action so I thought I better head home.
A few days later, I started thinking about them and how nice they were. They welcomed me into their home as if we had known each other for years. They even had joked that I was younger than their own children.
I wanted to repay them for their hospitality so I started thinking. I made Ms. Flora a stitchery for her wall . . . in her living room . . . just like she had wanted. It was the saying that meant so much to her . . . "All Because Two People Fell In Love". Except this time, it was framed, just like Mr. Louie had wanted.
She came by today to visit with me. I pulled out the stitching and gave it to her. She was so excited! She couldn't wait to get home to put that up on her wall!
I never knew when I opened the shop that I would get to meet so many amazing people! I love talking to each and every customer that comes in! There are so many stories told in that little shop! I feel blessed to have met so many wonderful people in the three months that I have been open!