It had been a busy week for Charlie Ann. She had to learn everything about the shop quickly and was on the verge of information overload! She was caught in a whirlwind of ordering flowers, meeting vendors, legal documents and starting the renovations.
Charlie Ann felt dazed as she followed Miss Caroline around like a lost dog. Miss Caroline could sense the younger woman’s stress.
"Charlie Ann? Is everything OK?"
"I guess so." murmured Charlie Ann. "I just didn't think running a small garden shop would be so much work."
"Well, I am sorry to hear you are having regrets," replied Miss Caroline. "Anything worth having is going to take work. I have put a lifetime of work in this shop. Did you think you were going to know everything in a week?"
Charlie Ann stood there, head down, in tears. Miss Caroline gave her a hug.
“Why don't you go to lunch?” she said. “Take all the time you need. When you come back, we'll talk some more."
Charlie Ann slumped out the door headed for Aunt Shug’s.
When Charlie Ann arrived, Aunt Shug was alone on the porch. Shug stood up to greet her niece.
"How's it going, kiddo?"
Charlie Ann threw her arms around her aunt and sobbed.
"Oh Aunt Shug! The flower shop was a mistake! I have no idea what I'm doing! Miss Caroline will be gone soon, and I don't have a clue!"
Shug tried to comfort her as she sobbed.
"Oh, honey, you're just having new owner jitters."
"What?" Charlie Ann asked. Shug explained:
"When you take on something new, it's normal to have regrets. I had them all the time when I was opening the bed and breakfast. I must have thought about quitting a million times!"
Charlie Ann felt better and composed herself. Her Aunt always knew what to say at times like this.
"Have you started painting the exterior yet?" Shug asked.
"No. I don't know when I'll get that done either!"
"Well, let's have some lunch and, I will go back to the shop with you.”
Charlie Ann agreed and the two made their way to the kitchen. After lunch, the two women headed back to the flower shop. Charlie Ann was silent as she wondered how all the work was going to get done. She didn't notice they were almost to the shop when Shug interrupted her thoughts.
"Well, look at that!" Shug exclaimed.
Charlie Ann looked up and saw a small army of men painting her building.
"Oh my gosh!" Charlie Ann cried as she ran up to the shop. She couldn't believe this was happening. She turned to her aunt.
"Did you have something to do with this?"
Shug gave her a wry smile.
"Yes, I did. I knew you were running out of time so, I organized a ‘painting party.’”
Charlie Ann stood there, relieved. The tears this time were of joy.
"Aunt Shug, I can't thank you enough."
As she hugged her aunt, Charlie Ann knew things were going to be OK. Shug had given her the help and reassurance she needed.
"You better get inside now,” Shug said. "You have a business to run!"
"Yes, I do!"