RACHEL WORKS AT THE FLOWER STAND AT COMMERCIAL SKYTRAIN STATION. SHE’S 21.
ONLY: How long have you been selling flowers here for?
R: I started about a year ago, at this stand. There was a â€œHelp Wantedâ€ sign in the stand downtown, and so I gave them a resume and they called me back that night. And itâ€™s really a lot of fun actually.
ONLY: What is fun about it?
R: Itâ€™s just nice to be around beautiful things all day that smell really nice, and itâ€™s nice being able to be creative.
ONLY: How do you get to use your creativity?
R: Well itâ€™s really nice when people are, you know, they donâ€™t really know what they want and theyâ€™re just kinda like â€œJust go for it!â€ Itâ€™s fun to be able to do that.
ONLY: Whatâ€™s the most interesting experience youâ€™ve had?
R: I dunno, I think I like having the freedom to make a really big bouquet. That doesnâ€™t happen too too often, but if someone says “Okay, I have sixty dollars to spend, just put something together, anything you want”, itâ€™s kinda like [makes an excited noise]. Thatâ€™s really a lot of fun. It doesnâ€™t happen too often. It happened last week, a guy that came, it was actually pretty late at night, 9:00 or something, and he said “Okay, make this,” and I said â€œAlright!â€. Thatâ€™s probably my favourite thing.
ONLY: What are you interests besides flowers?
R: I like to read. I really love animals, I grew up on a farm. I donâ€™t actually have an animal right now, a dog or a cat, so Iâ€™m kind of sad. I like to visit the SPCA and cuddle with critters down there.
ONLY: You said you like to read, who is your favourite author?
R: I donâ€™t know if I have a favourite, but I just finished reading James Freyâ€™s My Friend Leonard, and that was really good.
ONLY: Oh, the same guy who wroteâ€”
R: A Million Little Pieces, yup.
ONLY: Did you read that as well?
R: Yeah I did, yup.
ONLY: What did you think about the whole controversy with the memoir not being factual or whatever?
R: I think most of the controversy was about his police record, thatâ€™s what he kinda fibbed about a bit. I mean honestly, I donâ€™t think thatâ€™s what the book was about, his time in jail, it wasnâ€™t about what he did, it was just I think the experience he had as a drug addict going through rehab, and I think thatâ€™s the important part of the whole story. Iâ€™d read anything else he wrote!
ONLY: Do you have a message for the people of Vancouver?
R: Buy flowers! Even if you think theyâ€™re expensive, or you know, you think theyâ€™re just cut flowers, theyâ€™re not going to lastâ€”they will last, and theyâ€™ll brighten up a room, and theyâ€™ll make you smile!