My favorite romantic comedy is French Kiss, and one of my favorite lines from the movie happens during the scene where Kevin Kline (Luc) shows Meg Ryan (Kate) a box he made during this childhood that contained all of the elements of the terroir (the land) that make up the soil in his future vineyard. Kate already has a glass of red wine in hand, carried up from the fabulous outdoor family luncheon taking place in the garden overlooking the vineyards. Kate sees the box and asks about it, prompting Luc to explain the notion of terroir to this naive Americaine:
Luc: First, you must take some wine. Can you describe it, the taste?
Kate: It's a nice red wine.
Luc: I think you can do better.
Kate: A bold wine with a hint of sophistication and lacking in pretension.
[beat. Kate blushes.]
Kate: Actually, I was just talking about myself.
When creating our 2012 Bon Bon Calendar, for me, the April photo from this past month (above) had a similar autobiographical leaning. The caption read: "It was true that she looked different, but the other girls agreed Bon Bon was still one cool chick." In many ways, I don't fit the notion of the stereotypical North Carolina Belle. I have pale, fair skin that burns in the sun; my accent is more neutral than thick Southern drawl; I've never colored my hair; and my shape is more bon bon than beach bunny. But as I approach 40 (my birthday is next month!), I've learned to embrace the fact that I'm still one cool Southern chick. (And, yes, I confess, my mother's nickname for me is "Chickie").
Of course, after this season, it might be more a propos to call me one tired chick! Our little bon bon business has grown from its toddler stage (crawling and baby steps) into a high energy first grader who never, ever wants to nap. In seasons past, we experienced lulls between Christmas and Valentine's Day and between Valentine's Day and Easter. But this year, the action never stopped. I looked back at my calendar and calculated that in the 14 weeks since Christmas, we've only had 2 weekends that weren't completely devoted to activities surrounding our bon bon business.
We exhibited at three different Chocolate Festivals; we upgraded our website and shopping cart; we were honored to be featured in the March edition of Our State magazine; we rolled out our product in Port City Java stores and NOFO at the Pig in Raleigh; we hosted Bon Bon Parties; we filled large orders for the Azalea Festival, a prom, and a few area weddings; we traveled to the French Consulate in Atlanta (more on that in a future post); we hosted Open Houses on Valentine's Day weekend and Easter weekend. And through it all, Pascal kept making more and more and more bon bons to meet the demand.
It has been wonderful, exhilirating, and completely and utterly exhausting! We've got one more holiday--Mother's Day next weekend--and then we will be taking a little break. But first, we'd like to thank you for your support. This past season (our best yet!) was the best kind of busy. Exactly what I have wished for all these years. To paraphrase rock legend Peter Criss: "For as busy (and as tired) as I claim to be, I've still got the greatest job in the world."