It was — mmm — about 15 or 16 years ago. I was beginning the scary new adventure of owning my own business in typesetting and graphic design. The company I worked for had closed down, and I had to convince the clients that I could continue to give them the quality product and service they had been receiving.
One by one, I called on the clients, and, for the most part, they decided to give me their business. There was a holdout, mainly because I had never worked with her before. However, before long she asked if we could have a meeting. I was working in my house, an efficient cost-saving way to start a business, so we set an appointment for her to come over. "I hope you don't mind if I bring my children," she said. I wanted her account, so what else could I say but "Of course not. Bring them on."?
The day arrived, and there she was at my door with 2 adorable dark-haired children in tow — a girl, about age 5, and a boy, age 2 or maybe 3. We sat down to discuss the job she needed done. We began to talk measurements, colors, fonts, styles. Aaagh — there was that cute little boy bouncing off the walls! There were no toys in my house, but I looked around for something that might fascinate him. Ah! Brightly colored, plastic-coated paper clips! Yes, it did the trick. Dumping them all out, clipping them together, and pulling them apart — it fascinated the boy — with his sister's coaxing — for an astounding 2 or 3 minutes!
Amazingly, my new client did manage to convey her job's requirements to me, and even more amazingly I "got it" and did the job to her satisfaction. That was the beginning of not only a great professional relationship, but a great friendship.
You may be wondering where I'm going with this. Well, that little boy turned out to be a fine young man, and just as I was pleasantly surprised about 5 years ago when I attended his Bar Mitzvah at his amazing, calm and confident composure, today I was thrilled to attend his Eagle Scout ceremony. This was an amazing achievement as only 5 percent of boys in scouting attain the Eagle rank.
So, just as it was announced that it was officially declared Gregory J. Yakrus Day in Fulton County, I pronounce this Greg Yakrus Day on my blog. Congratulations, Greg!