No 15: Full strength
Bensari has returned, and with young Erica quickly catching on, the floral department now stands at top staffing, and not a moment too soon. Even as Warren County awaited a hammerlocking Palm Sunday snowfall, the push of the calendar leads people to buy spring flowers: Passover, Easter, prom . . . the second Sunday in May . . .
Erica came to floral from U-Scan patrol. Even 21-year-old feet take a pounding from hours on cement floors, and at least floral has gel floor pads. Erica smiles all the time, and she’s good with customers. Bonus: She is studying animation in art school, so when she opened the drawer of many ribbons, she nearly fainted with delight.
In January, Bensari took a break from college and her job to go with her mother to India. A Bollywood-type beauty with engineering-school brains, Bensari has been in floral two years and has a devoted following among the Gujarati workers at P&G and their families. She said the trip home was awesome, “except they kept trying to marry me off.”
Four pallets of flowers arrived just ahead of the storm. Amanda steered the jack to bring in the first load as I was taking off my coat. Her shift was over, but, “I gave you a helper” -- Erica. We got to work, and in 5 ½ hours, we’d broken the order down. By then, I longed for a medicinal shot of Wild Turkey. Erica just said, “I like that we’re busy here.”
The Sunday shopping intensity spun up from the weather, but the milk-eggs-bread panic ended by 6 p.m. A young man and woman, clearly brother and sister, came to floral for lilies and a vase. “Make it secure,” the woman said, “it’s going to Columbus tonight.” They were driving, right then, into a snowstorm, to deliver the flowers to their grandmother for her birthday.
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