September 3, 2019-
I stopped, briefly, at the new location of SunFlour Shops, about four doors down from the former SunFlour Market. My purpose was to deliver a bouquet of sunflowers, on the occasion of the store’s Grand Opening. This, I did, and was treated to a fine cup of coffee, whilst the owner hobnobbed with the people who will make up her primary customer base.
The store is more focused on dry goods than its predecessor, although her fresh-baked pastries are still featured, along with espresso and other coffee drinks.
As a result, seating is less of a priority, at this point. There is, however, a huge patio, which will be amenable to visitors tarrying, in a month or so, when the heat subsides.
The storefront is not signed, as yet, but I knew the location from the window decorations.
My time there was limited by two things: I wasn’t entirely welcome in the shop and there was a meeting of the Prescott Red Cross Chapter, where I was welcome and where my input on a few things was needed. After being asked if I needed anything else, I left Superior quietly and headed back to Home Base, getting to the Red Cross office, in time for a barbecue and the brief meeting.
The two situations are a snapshot of my relations with groups. There have been, historically, few groups where I have been “on the inside”. The old SunFlour was one of those. The Red Cross Chapter has evolved into such a place. My last fulltime place of employment was, as well, until newcomers decided I was not ” a good fit”.
These situations are always fluid, given the vagaries of human nature. So, I’ve learned where, with whom, and how much time, I should focus. It’s no surprise that some parts of southern California, the Midwest and South are always places of refuge. The area of my childhood and youth will remain welcoming, also. Wherever my little family is, likewise, will be home. Prescott, and a few other places in Arizona, are ever home.
Maybe it’s more because of my more globally-focused nature, that I am more of an outsider. It’s not something that hurts all that much, though running into closed groups is always a challenge.