On Thursdays I get a stint in the store. I leave 'Middle Earth,' our term of endearment for command central, our bricked in office area. I love store hours for what each customer brings...their story. This Thursday, I helped a Madison Park neighbor cull through our dozens of colors. While in the store, she created a list of 18 names. She gave these names an age span of 4 years old to 90 years old. Each of the 18 family members would receive a hand picked glassybaby at their family reunion in Sedona, Arizona...there would be some lighting ceremony involved...I love thinking of the ceremonial possibilities. The goal of our wonderful customer, choosing the colors, was to match the glassybaby and name to the spirit of the recipient. This mission was embarked upon in earnest and I was there to provide support through keenly listening to spirit descriptions. Here are a few of the choices to share:
- tennage grand daughter, possessing a certain sophistication...raspberry sorbet
- son in law, fire fighter, questing for new work and change...creme brulee
- son, graphic designer, who really knows his colors...crayola
- three daughters, who are very different from each other, yet possess a single resonance together...beach x3
- nonagenarian, patriarch, wise one, who has a penchant for wearing blue...sea glass
And the list went on, and all 18 colors worked together and alone, and this family metaphor guided choosing the family of glassybaby color...it was simply lovely to behold this meaningful process.
On this same Thursday, the gorgeous beams of September sun light, seemed to usher in, another wonderful customer, with a story, on a mission. Jennifer asked me to show her glassybaby drinkers. In a cool ten minutes she had chosen Christine and Tracy drinkers, a pair to be gift wrapped. As we waited for Kim's gift wrapping service in the back, Jennifer explained that she was destined for Orcas Island to celebrate her 11th year of marriage with her husband. The drinkers were his gift. We wish them a Happy Anniversary...with a crisp chardonnay, a drinker toast to happiness and strength together, and an ocean view to the future.
More Soon...think pumpkin glassybaby...good luck choosing this year's Halloween costume. Nicola