It's the end of August but you would not know it if it were based on the oppressive heat we are feeling here in the New York area! One thing is for sure though, is that I am ready to say "good bye until next year" to the city smells on a very hot day (it was 95 in New York)! The smells of bus fumes, dirt and grime on the sidewalks, rotting trash, and the over sweet fruity perfumes on pedestrians. I say "end the trend of overly sweet fragrances if it's over 80 degrees!" I want fresh. Give me fresh fragrances that are simple and make me want to bathe in them, and let me remember places like Capri and the South of France with bergamot, lavender and orange blossoms' soothing, seductive aura in the summer air.
Putting sticky sweet perfumes aside, I want to remember all the wonderful smells I've captured and stored in my olfactive memory that hides deep inside my brain. They would be the smells of mint from my garden for infusions, and ginger from the Dark 'N' Stormies that I discovered while out on Block Island during the Block Island Boat Week; fresh basil from our garden that went directly into making pesto, and partnered with many a tomato and mozzarella side dishes. But the most memorable scent and moment ever? It would be that thrilling moment when one of my Essential Awakenings™ attendees at the Greens of Greenwich described chocolate as "sweet". This dear sweet woman for whom I have known for more than a year usually can't detect smells, so you can imagine how thrilled I was that she was able to decipher the smell of chocolate as "sweet". That, my dear readers was the thrill of the summer for all summer smells!
I am indulging in the aroma and flavor of chocolate today because it's my daughter's birthday and her favorite treat is chocolate. The photo is of young Claire in a Signal Toothpaste ad in France that is connected to a special memory of chocolate, and how chocolate helped her have more confidence and trust in the ad agency crew who hired her as a model for the ad.
I often use metaphors when I write and since baseball was a big part of my childhood growing up, I like to use terms from this sport in my storytelling. As a rookie entrepreneur and small business owner, I admit it has been a challenge to get to 3rd base but it will be even tougher to reach home plate and I'd rather run there, versus walk. Being a small business owner has its good and bad points: The good ones are that we can forgo some of the multiple layers of management to make decisions because there is one clear goal and no politics involved. More often than not, the key to a smooth launch is the ability to pull the right talent together to make a great team. On the other hand, the downside is that we suffer from the lack of economies of scale and have to pay to play--usually all up front-- before any production lines get the "go" sign. Whether you are a small or big business, there will always be some hiccups along the way. For me, there were just a one or two foul balls, and some curve balls that went array, but my glove fits