Andrea’s collection of French offerings always seems to be the largest, even though she never requests anything other than tea and sometimes soap.
Still, for me it’s irresistible to shop for her and now for Ella.
But, I am careful when buying things for Ella because her parents — and I agree with them philosophically — do not want her inundated with stuff.
I remember when I was a little girl, every time my Godmother visited she came laden with gifts and I associated her with the presents. I definitely don’t want Ella to think of me mainly as a barer of goodies. In a perfect world I would like her to be excited to see me, full stop.
While perusing the pharmacy for Drea, Christine (my pharmacist friend) went backstage and came out with a bag full of products. “Tell Andrea they’re from me,” she said.
I was picking up the new Eucerin CC cream and the day cream for Drea, plus one of Christine’s favorite essential oil products with lots of eucalyptus to ease the symptoms of the inevitable colds that flourish in Chicago during the long, long winters, when Christine said, “Wait, wait, let’s find something more glamourous.”
Not only does Christine have her doctorate in pharmacology, but also she has studied plant-based science and can explain how to use every imaginable herb and plant product. She has a remedy for almost anything within the bottles and vials of essential oils lining the shelves in her pharmacy.