Wisdom from Ann at Flowerama

We stepped into the Flowerama near the home where I grew up and where my parents still live. It is our go-to store in a sad situation. We always find exactly what we need. Always before we had gone to buy flowers or plants for families who had lost human family members.

One of the familiar, kind women came up and asked what we were looking for. “Flowers,” I said with my usual verbal aplomb. She laughed and asked what the occasion was.

I hesitated, sighed and decided the world can’t be changed if I never open my mouth…”My friend, a client, well, her Beagle passed away, and he was really sweet, and she’s really sad, and well…I just need to get her flowers.” I smiled with my teeth gritted thinking, “Don’t judge me. Please just sell me flowers.”

Here is what she said:
“You know, losing a pet can be as difficult as losing a person. They’ve not done one thing to hurt us, and even the people we love the most have, which can complicate our grief. When we lose our animal friends it tends to be just a straightforward sadness.”

Ann, I am sorry I doubted you. I was wrong in thinking the whole world needs to be changed. From right here, today, in the middle of your store surrounded by beautiful things and with your words echoing in my heart, the world looks just wonderful.

Flowers

2 Responses to “Wisdom from Ann at Flowerama”

  1. Jodi says:

    Yay for Ann! We are considering pet cremations and life celebrations. One of our owners is a big dog lover, especially bulldogs. He understands the importance of our pets, and believes we should honor their lives the same way we honor our human family members.

  2. Oo that would be awesome Jodi! That would help so many pet lovers.

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