I’m a little misty eyed reflecting on what I just experienced…
This Dream Team (and truly it’s a TEAM) of the best water feature builders on the planet came together this week from all over North America with a singular goal in mind, to build a work of art, one of a kind, custom creation worthy of the front entranceway for the family compound of the man, the myth, the legend himself – Shaquille O’Neill!
Today my back might be exhausted but my chest is bursting with pride! The end result was NEVER in doubt knowing the capabilities of the men who came. Rather, it was witnessing and being a part of a TEAM that worked together, problem solving all along the way, while battling everything from Mother Nature to incompetent suppliers, to you name it, to achieve our objective!
We came, we saw, we kicked ass! (stay tuned for the BIG reveal!)
I could go on and on and on with the stories and memories made these last four days but, for the sake of brevity, I will share just one…
Many of the Aquascape Artists of the Year brought their sons along for the experience and to pitch in where they could. All of them worked hard that was never in doubt knowing the homes they are being brought up in. What was really powerful was all these young men got to witness their fathers, all masters of their craft, applying their skills to create a living legend his dream water feature.
One of the guys pulled me aside at the end and said his teenage son, who up until that point had only begrudgingly helped his dad on projects when he needed an extra hand, came to him and said, “Dad, all these guys working so hard together while having so much fun kinda reminds me of the guys I play ball with. I guess I could see myself doing this as a profession”
My customer told me this with misty eyes while thanking me profusely for letting have this experience 😢
“I ❤️ MY JOB!”