That feeling came over me again this morning as I was driving to drop my son off at school. You know the feeling I’m talking about if you’ve read Botanical Brouhaha for very long. It’s the one where I need to say some non-flower things…and I always understand if you want to scoot along and meet me back here on Monday for more flower talk.
I feel the momentum of Botanical Brouhaha building and, if we’re going to continue on this journey together, I need you to know who I really am. It’s easy to deceive readers on a blog…into thinking you’re a certain “put-together” person by only revealing the parts of yourself that are acceptable and politically correct. It’s easy to choose photos that are the most flattering and talk only about the positives. It’s easy to create the person you wish you were and feed it to your readers as if it is the real you. Don’t worry. I haven’t misled you about who I am. I just haven’t let you know the nitty-gritty me. So, a few things to help you know me better…
Here I am on a typical day. No, I’m not shooting the bird at you. I just couldn’t figure out how to use the self-timer on the camera and I don’t own a smart phone…so, I was awkwardly doing the best I could. What you have here is my favorite outfit. Not for the look of it…for the comfort of it. A pair of jeans so faded and soft, they feel like sweatpants minus the hot fleece. And one of the Garage Sale t-shirts I love…I have several colors…one for each year I helped out at our church youth garage sale. Nearly every time I wear the t-shirt, someone will stop me and ask if I’m having a garage sale. I guess I do look like an advertisement. But, no, I’m not having a garage sale…just wearing my most comfortable shirt that reminds me of the youth I love.
I redecorated the house for the coming of spring and summer…my favorite time of year…which means I pulled out everything that reminds me of my favorite place…Rosemary Beach.
I stopped by the grocery store on my way home from the school to pick up a chicken to roast for dinner. I still prefer to shop at “my” store rather than the two newer, bigger and more “upscale” stores built in recent years. Know why? Because the faces are familiar and kind and different colors. I’ve grown to love these people…and, really, I’m not very “upscale” myself.
Later, I’ll have a visit from the exterminator and the appliance repair man to fix my broken dryer. I’ll blog and return emails and check out my flower friends on Facebook to see what beautiful new arrangements they’ve created. I’ll probably text a little with friends and my son who’s away at college…and read another chapter in Forgotten God. I’ll be glad to pick up my son from school this afternoon and hear about his day and listen to his new favorite Bruno Mars song in the car on the way home with the sunroof open. We’ll talk about which lyrics are a little inappropriate and why…then we’ll enjoy the groove.
A few other odds and ends about me…
Fashion – No matter how hard I try to get with the fashion trends, I still prefer comfortable jeans, 100% cotton t-shirts and a comfortable pair of tennis shoes. I love linen. I don’t care much for jewelry…except for my wedding bands, a vintage New Mexico silver bangle and a hand-beaded choker I bought at a street fair in Taos. I prefer my short hair because it’s fast and easy. I don’t color my gray because I’m lazy and prefer to spend my money elsewhere. I keep my nails short and unpainted because I’m usually either wearing latex gloves as a dental hygienist, digging in the flower beds, cleaning house, typing away on the computer or cooking. Painted manicured nails just don’t seem practical…although I love them!
Music – Our family LOVES music. For me…Sting, Josh Garrels, Mutemath, David Crowder Band. My guys have also turned me on to Phoenix, Derek Webb, Fleet Foxes, Gungor, Goyte, Kathleen Edwards, Lecrae, Stacy King, Wilco…and when we need some humor in our day, Krispy Kreme (Froggy Fresh) and Money Maker Mike. Just like I couldn’t live without air, I don’t think I could live without music.
Things I love – Young people inspire me because they are fearless, passionate and have an emotional rawness few adults will admit to having. I love Jesus and my husband and sons…my reasons for getting up in the morning. I love rooting for the underdogs in life. I love seeing the huge impact a little encouragement can bring. I love having deep honest friendships…even if it’s only with a few people. I’m talking about the ones that really matter, you know? I love nature and the outdoors. And, of course, I love flowers!
Things that make me sad – Saying goodbye. Injustice. People who don’t tell the truth. Seeing people treated as different or “less than” because of who they are or what they look like. Friends who are satisfied with shallow relationships. Children without positive role models in their lives to look to for guidance.
The Blog – Botanical Brouhaha started as a way for me to stay engaged in the flower world after closing my design studio. It has turned into a blessing that far exceeded my expectations. My desire is simply to love and encourage designers any way I can through the blog…from new designers just starting out to designers on the verge of burn-out from the daily stresses of running a flower business to designers trying to figure out the delicate family/business balance. You all have brought me so much joy over the last 4 years. Thank you.
And that’s me…no Earth-shattering “reveal”. Just plain old me. Anything I should know about you?
Hope you have a great weekend! I’ll meet you back here on Monday with more flowers…less talk.