Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Once Upon A Time

I work part-time, or used to, in a great store that carries everything you want and very little of what you need, like: furniture, gifts, flowers, candles, soap, jewelry, etc. It's a wonderful store to buy a gift for whomever...hostess, birthday, teacher, baby ...you get the idea. Well, bad times have finally hit east Cobb. The hatchet has come down on those of us who are part-timers. Even the full-timers have taken a hit. Most of us have worked together for several years and we've become good friends. Worried that our friendships might just fly away, we schedule dinners to keep us together and in-touch with each other's lives.

Sunday evening was our first dinner after the HATCHET. One of the girls bought a poem she had written and I thought it would be fun to put it in this post. So here it is.

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful place.
It was the kind of place that most all who visited got caught up in the pace!

It had so many wonderful things to see, like candles and clothes,
and little rings for your toes!

Things to sit on and light your space,
nearly everything to suit your taste!

On most days, things were okay...but on other days,
the bad spirits got in the way.

You see, there were secrets near the back that spread like wildfire,
and in recent times, it seemed quite dire!

Without the beautiful and talented princesses, nothing could be found,
but, listen carefully...whispers of, "Oh stop Tom, put that box down!"

Many years showed promise. Hopes and dreams got high, and then...
the mean and ugly queen poked them in the eye!

But even when the end was near,
the princesses held each other dear!

As you can tell from this poem, we are a great support for each other. I told them at our Christmas dinner how much their encouragement meant to me when I would bring in a picture that I had just taken or a card that I made. Just hearing their "oohs" and "aahs" gave me the motivation to do more.
So now we wait for spring. Soon there will be parties (hostess gifts), Mother's Day (jewelry), Teacher Appreciation (candles and soap...we don't sell wine), weddings (dinnerware and silver), Easter (trinkets for the baskets) and on and on. Before you know it, we will be back behind the counter ringing up hundred dollar sales, making boxes and pouchets, giving "expert" advise, and stuffing our mouths with untold amounts of junk food. It's just around the corner... I'm sure of it.


Tiedupmemories said...

Awww Nancy you brought a tear to my eye!Who brought the poem?It's a good one!I missed you guys!Claude had off that evening and I planned a big dinner(his favorite)and then I remembered about the dinner:.(I know there will be more! I plan something perhaps!

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Karen said...

Sorry to hear about the cutbacks. It is great you are all going to keep in touch with your dinners.