My dearest readers,
Montreal has the ability to captures one’s heart at any time of year, but as the summer-loving girl that I am, I would argue that this city encompasses a very special charm from within the warm embrace of summertime. A week ago, after a particularly long stretch of winter, I found myself with a warm and sunny afternoon off of work at the hospital. It was in light of this delightful summer afternoon that I decided to take the metro to Montreal’s Mile End – I had no real plan for the hours that stretched ahead – I was in a “wandering” type of mood. As I wandered, I stumbled upon an enchanting flower shop called “Dragon Flowers”, adorned with whimsical hanging bird cages and the most vibrant of flower arrangements. It was there, amongst the aromas of lilies and roses, that I met a beautiful soul – the store’s owner for 35 years, Ms Lau. Ms Lau had this way of handling the flowers as she arranged them into works of art. You could tell that after 35 years she still appreciated their beauty and still loved the creative process that filled her days at work. In fact, as she took the time to show me all the flowers, bringing them up to my nose so that I may appreciate the gorgeous fragrances, you could hardly call what she was doing work at all. I asked her how long she had owned her flower shop; she teared up as she spoke about her longstanding relationship with flowers and her shop. I left her shop feeling blissful at the prospect of having met someone who loves what they do so much. My dearest readers, how beautiful it is to be moved by what one does for work; to have a fulfilling relationship with one’s career. I felt truly grateful that afternoon for having taken the time to smell the roses, so to speak.