Welcome to HYACINTH for the Home and welcome to our blog! It has been three years since the inception of the idea for our shop, two years since our opening and one year since our web-site has been up and running. And, for one whole year there has been a page on our website entitled “Blog” with no entries creating a daunting blank space on the screen of the computer. On many occasions attempts have been made to craft the initial post only to be halted by a mental block fed by the insecurity of not knowing where to start. So, after a year of contemplation, the simple conclusion was made that the best place to start is at the beginning….an introduction to HYACINTH the place fondly referred by all involved as “the haven”.
Our haven was born in the heart of one middle-aged wife and mother of three boys seeking an avenue to nurture a place in her soul that had been lost in the diagnosis of a chronic illness and life lived and defined by all things boys. With the encouragement and support of her friend and mentor Charles Faudree, she took a risk, jumped out of the boat and tried her hand at something that incorporated her love for decorating, gift giving, beautiful things and the blessings that come with meeting new people and being a part of their lives. It has been said that each day at the shop is like hosting a party in which no invitations were extended. Every day we are expectantly waiting for those who come hoping to provide either inspiration, respite from hectic lives lived, or assistance in finding the perfect gift or maybe the accessory that helps to transform a house into a home. In the short time we have been open; we have shared joys, anticipated resolutions, helped to carry burdens, and in one case literally saved a human life. (We will save that story for a future post.)
I believe that the members of our Hyacinth family are no doubt part of a greater plan that for this owner would have been impossible to imagine on her own. HYACINTH is represented by Kaye, a retired school teacher, stylish mother of two as well as a hip and energetic grandmother. She is gratefully looked upon as the rock and fortress that holds us all together having abundant wisdom for those of us who are experiencing situations she has already navigated and conquered. She teaches the rest of us how to live life and live it well. She always reminds us that we can never quit laughing. As the master of organization and numbers she keeps the haven afloat. There is sweet Margy, mother of adorable young Weezie. (Be sure to be on the lookout for Weezie to subtly appear in some of our “Where’s Weezie?” photo posts.) Margy is routinely belting out show tunes as if she has just stepped out onto the Broadway stage to perform for her adoring fans. She has the gift of style and decorating, constantly scouring blogs and staying attentive to the trends but never losing her eye for timeless elegance. She is a natural at creating beautiful and inviting spaces. When one thinks of Margy, they think of joy, a steadfast joy that comes deep from within and never dependent upon her circumstances. Then there is our angel Debbie who epitomizes style, beauty and grace. The mother of 4 and a recent empty-nester, she is our go to girl for gift wrapping which when completed is sometimes more beautiful than the piece she has wrapped. In contrast to her gifts, she is no doubt as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. She tries to keep us all above the fray, never speaking ill of anyone and always a lady but never above laughing at herself and poking fun with others. And, our savior Hutton, a college sophomore who spent the summer getting us versed on the ends and outs of social media as well ensuring that we stay current with youthful trends. She reminds me of a modern day Audrey Hepburn. She was born with the kind of natural poise that one cannot be taught. Finally, there is me, not last but hopefully the least of these, Kate, owner and resident dreamer who is described by the rest as “zany”. Sometimes the excitement of the day comes with wondering which Kate is going to show up today. And today, I am “grateful Kate, grateful for this beautiful place and these women who inspire me daily to be a better, stronger and more genuine me. And, we are all grateful for our families and friends who have encouraged and supported our endeavors to make our haven a place we can share with others.
There is a simple well-known poem entitled “Hyacinths to Feed Thy Soul” that has served as the inspiration for our haven. It was written by the 13th Century Persian poet, Sadi. It is an eloquent expression of the Biblical man who does not live by bread alone; though in the Biblical version it means that one should also live by God’s word—a moral spiritual life not just a physical one (ArtGrok). It also serves as a reminder to see the beauty in life when things feel hopeless. As one so adequately stated, “Concentration on the beauty of the hyacinth, its smell, its color, the perfection of its flowers…takes away the stress, “feeds the soul” and helps make life a bit brighter (posted by Rev. Linda on Words from the Heart Blog) .” It is our sincerest desire for HYACINTH to be the place where one can come to feed their soul and make their day, their home, and their relationships a bit brighter. We invite you to join us in taking time to find the beauty in life no matter your circumstances. We look forward to sharing the inspirations we encounter throughout our ordinary and sometimes extraordinary days in future posts. Until then, don’t forget to buy Hyacinths to feed the soul.
“If of thy mortal goods thou art bereft.
And from the slender store,
Two loaves alone to thee are left,
Sell one, and with the dole,
Buy Hyacinths to feed thy soul.”
Sadi, 13th Century poet