I mopped the floors of the shop this morning with a heavy heart, as the construction dust seems to seep through the doors, windows and walls like a silent plague. It's strange- as the door has not opened much this week.
I felt the sadness descend- and, with it, if I am to be completely honest- anger. As I lovingly care for my beloved store, one that I have tended to with passion and heart, it feels like the odds are against me. I'm not awfulizing- I'm being honest about the state of mind that so often happens to small business owners when their livelihood is amidst the chaos of construction.
Right now, the loneliness that I have often read about in the newspaper in regard to this process makes complete sense. It seems like nobody out there working or putting up the (completely ineffective) signage understands that it seems overwhelming to us and our beloved Clients.
As a long weekend approaches, and I diligently come in to a store that may not see anyone because of the signs and equipment surrounding the store, I think of all the other businesses who have gone through this and my heart goes out to you all. I am not ashamed to have the emotions I am experiencing....nor should you.
Again-I am so grateful to the Clients who push through the daunting barricades and make it through to the store. Words cannot express my gratitude for your thoughtfulness. Thank you so very, very much!
I have chosen to take this time to work on the website, take photos and run events- yet I miss the in and out of customers popping in to say hello- in essence, I miss my community. I truly look forward to the big celebration we can have when this is all over!