She came into the florist wearing her Michael Moore Film Festival badge, and I mistakenly took her as an employee.

“Oh, I don’t work with the festival, just an attendee.  I’ve watched 30 movies so far- most of them were good, a few not.  I have been attending almost since it started.  Something to do.”

She had me make a low arrangement for a bedside table.  Guests were coming.

“Can I watch while you make it?”

“Of Course.”

I created a tape grid on the top of the glass cube vase- a little trick to keep flowers in line.

“So that’s how you do it?  I’ve never seen that before…”

“That’s one way, ” I answer.

We make small talk about Traverse City, the Cherry Festival,  Michael Moore and the Film Festival, and Movies on the beach.  It’s delightful here in the summertime.  Lots of tourists.

She’s a pleasant lady.  Always impeccably dressed and well-groomed.  She could teach me a thing or two.

She’s shopped with us a couple of others times, and always asks for the same arrangement and the privilege to watch.  Yesterday, she said “No occasion, I just want to cheer myself up.”

“Are you enjoying this beautiful weather?  I had a yard sale and finished a really great book- a novel, and I usually read a lot of non-fiction…1000 White Women, its called.  I offer an overview.

“Oh, I don’t have time enough to spend on fiction.” she said.

I am reading a biography of Ulysses Grant…”

You are my kind of lady, I said.



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