Tuesday, December 16, 2008

a little twist on craftsmanship

Years ago, I had the telephone repairman here to work on our lines. I noticed how he took the pliers and gave a special twist to each loose wire, turning loose ends into tight coils like multicolored springs. I asked him about it. He said that it made things look neater, but also that when other linemen came in behind him, they would know that he had been there. He had found a small way to sign his work that showed he cared about it, and that he took it personally. He welcomed anyone who came along behind him to understand the pride he felt in his work.

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