I don't know where to start. Should I write about the freaking flying ant invasion, the ginormous bee invasion, the mind numbing work of painting a trellis or the gun shop?
All horrifying but none as bad as the news that the space next to the flower shop has been leased to a gun shop.
The contractor told us. And then he told us again. I worried, talked to co workers, talked to tenants of other shops. We are located in small non picturesque strip mall with a frame store, a nail salon, a hair salon, a yoga studio and two restaurants.
The next day I started writing emails, anonymously of course, even though my email address of flwjane led everybody right to the flower shop.
I was happy to be in the fight but trying to keep the shop owners out of it.
Suddenly a rep from Arlington County was in, out local news blog, arlnow.com reporter was in so many times he became a customer,
Many to say goodbye, they would not frequent a block that housed a gun shop.
As much as I couldn't blame them I saw my income leaving too.
Then the neighborhood list serves got into it and finally we had a petition.
When I signed it there were 110 names, within 48 hours there were 1400 and it continues to grow.
The Washington Post has reported on this, the local TV news has reported, the landlord says he's cutting the lease but the new tenant has issued a statement saying he doesn't care what the community has to say, he's moving in this summer.
I don't know what I'll return to tomorrow. Hoping it's peace not war.
Guns and Roses will not be our next Valentine's special.
A move might be in our future.
The amazing thing to come out of this has been the community reaction and action.
Soccer and baby showers took a back seat to the future of our city, our street, our school children.
And for that I am grateful.
Peace be with you.