There is no doubt that many of you have recognized someone you care about as Valentine’s Day occurred this week. And no doubt it was a big day for the flower business, which is good for the overall economy.
But I can’t even think about the flower business without thinking about Doyle and Linda Sims at Sim’s Florist.
I can tell you without a doubt that they have always given me excellent service as well as many of you. But it’s more than a business. For Doyle and Linda are more than entrepreneurs. They are friends of the community.
Doyle and Linda are members of the Moose Club in Canton. Every year for as long as I can remember, the Moose Club has had an annual dinner for all of public safety in Cherokee County.
The evening is always complete with a fantastic meal along with awards for various employees of each agency. All of this is done at the expense of the Moose Club.
Doyle Sims is one of the main reasons this tradition continues in Cherokee County. For, unlike some, he has a true appreciation for public safety and its employees.
Doyle calls each year letting us know when the event will take place and to get the names of those receiving awards. He is very careful not to leave anyone out. That is just the kind of man he is.
His kindness doesn’t end at the Moose Club. It extends to his flower business. Doyle and Linda have been delivering flowers across this county for years.
Many times those deliveries go to funeral homes. Undoubtedly they have known many of the deceased that they have created arrangements for and that must be difficult. But I can guarantee you that the flowers were arranged with love and compassion for the grieving families.
Fortunately, not all of their business is the result of a death. They also get to arrange flowers for happy occasions such as this week for Valentine’s Day.
One of the results of being a good man such as Doyle is it raises your ability to find a good woman. And I would say that Doyle hit the wife lotto when he married Linda.
I’m not sure that I have ever walked in to their business when Doyle and Linda didn’t stop what they were doing to take a minute and talk. Whether you believe me or not, that is a lost art. The art of conversation is quickly dying along with the generation the Sims belongs to.
My generation is too busy, too important, and too self-indulgent to take the time to get to know people. Before you jump me, I am not saying it is everyone. But our generation as a whole has lost the art of communication.
For if we stopped to have a conversation, we might miss a dollar. We might miss our next stop on life’s fast freeway.
But you won’t find that with Doyle and Linda. They still know the importance of getting to know people. And I don’t think it has hurt their business at all. As a matter of fact, there is a reason they have been in business so long.
I don’t know that I have ever entered their store that Linda didn’t give me a hard time. She and I like to argue. It’s all in fun of course. Because I also don’t think I have ever left their store without her hugging me and telling me she loves me. She may not think as much of it as I do. But to me, her words and hugs mean a lot.
Like all of us, Doyle and Linda Sims won’t always be here on earth. But they are here now. And without a doubt, they are two of Cherokee County’s treasures. They are the definition of salt of the earth people.
They have spent their lives serving us in various capacities. And I feel certain that they have never been thanked for as much as they have done. There are others in the county who have done similar.
But this is their week and my way of saying how blessed I am to know them.
And if you want to learn the art of conversation before it’s too late, just stop by and see Doyle and Linda. You won’t regret it. I never have.
Chris Collett is a lifelong resident of Cherokee County.