I know water is necessary to make flowers grow.
I mentioned that to a fellow floral designer at the flower market earlier this week when he complained about the rain. His response? "You know, I never thought about it that way."
But I'm not talking about rain. Just open an umbrella and everything is right with the world again.
And I'm not talking about spilling a glass of water on your important papers. However annoying that might be.
No. I'm talking about buckets of water. Spilled buckets of water to be exact. It's an occupational hazard that those of us in the floral industry rarely talk about. Unfortunately, it happens quite often at Fly Me To The Moon Florists.
The more flowers sitting around in buckets, the more likely one will get knocked over. Each of those "cooler buckets", as they are referred to in the trade, hold 2.7 gallons of water. That's a lot of agua y'all.
We never fill the buckets to the top. But when one gets knocked over you'd think a dam just broke.
Cold water cascading all over the place. Me running, trying to pick up all the things I said I'd never leave on the floor again before they get ruined.
But, no matter how fast how I am, I'm rarely able to catch a bucket before it totally spews its icy contents.
We were very fortunate this week though. None of the buckets holding the hundreds of stems of flowers for an event last night spilled.
We made 45 arrangements and not a drop hit the floor. Now that's what I call progress.
Is there any use crying over spilled water?