A post by florist Mae Lee Brizendine.
Everyone thinks that working in a florist is a heavenly job and it is most of the time.
But, when you work with four cold-natured women and you are going through menopause with all of the hot flashes that ensue, it can be a hellish experience.
On some occasions I have resorted to taking up residence in our flower cooler just to get a little cool air on my other-wise constantly steaming body.
My hot flashes are not exactly “flashes” but rather hot, sweaty, steamy “constants.”
I stay hot all the time while my co-workers shiver and turn up the heat.
I never wear sweaters anymore and the cute scarves everyone is wearing now send me over the edge. This blazing heat in my body seems like it will go on forever.
However, my doctor tells me that this too shall end. Ten years seems like a long time to walk through this hellish time in my life.
I guess it could be worse.
I could be freezing like my co-workers and friends, but at least they get to wear those cute scarves and sweaters, while I chill out in the cooler in my short sleeve cotton shirt.
So, the next time you’re thinking how much fun it would be to work in a florist, consider the flower cooler as a perk, if you’re going through menopause.
Mae Lee Brizendine is a florist at the Flower Patch in Hillsborough, North Carolina. Her husband Bob is the pastor of Hillsborough Presbyterian Church. They make a great team, especially for weddings and funerals!