Friday was the initial meeting with The Franchise. This involved me going around to a bunch of their stores and sampling products. Everyone kept giving me delicious treats and coffee and the whole thing was so truly magical that I half expected to see an oompa loompa or Gene Wilder singing at me with big, buggy wide eyes. And I was all, look at me, I am not in a Cube.
That Friday, The Franchise just happened to be catering an event at my old law school and I was invited to go see what that was about. I couldn't help but be reminded of the first time I walked through those same big law school doors out into the law quad. I certainly didn't go to law school to open a franchise. Part of me asked myself what the hell I was doing. I'm a lawyer. I loved law school. And I really, really loved practicing law. If I could go back to that 1L year and tell myself that this was going to take me on a path to a franchise, would I have done things differently in my law career to avoid that?
I was too tired and too overwhelmed after my day at The Franchise and the law school, and at the prospect of visiting my mom's grave the next day to know exactly how I felt about The Franchise. I decided to reserve judgment for 24 hours.
Visiting the grave for the first time in 9 years was - well, it was hard. I am 100% certain that I felt my mom say, "Thanks for coming. Now go have some fun." Honestly, I feel her just as much, if not more, everywhere else.
My good friend Mean Jean who painted me an aubergine (I've been itching to type that out) asked me later that afternoon if I was on fire about The Franchise after having spent the day with them. And I didn't know. Part of me is not done with the law yet.
On Sunday, when I was waiting for my flight home, it hit me. Hell yeah I'm on fire to start this Franchise. I want to start it NOW. I miss the products already. I can't wait to introduce it here. And none of this would have been possible had I not practiced law and taken (and sometimes been put) on the path I was. Yes, Mean Jean, I am on fire now.