We all like receiving trophies. I make a lot of them for customers. But, like many I don't receive many myself.
Today I received one of the best I have ever been awarded.
Back up one year. My daughter's friend from High School was working on his .
He was to make a podium for the High School wrestling team. One of the types that has a 1st, 2nd, & 3rd award levels. He asked if I could provide (donate) the shop for him to build it and offer some advice on construction methods. To which I agreed (what kind of a schmuck wouldn't?) He came over a few days later and built the podium to the concept of a kit. (Part of it he had to instruct younger scouts to finish the project, this is a leadership award after all).
That was a year ago (+) and I haven't thought about it much since.
Today he came back around saying he had been accepted to a prestigious college. Letting it be known that it was in no small part due to his as his grades weren't all that good. What he brought with him was a thank you card. Written by his own hand.
And there you have it - MY TROPHY. A hand written thank you. By a 18yr old boy turning into a fine man.
This card will be hung in my shop to remind me that while cash for a job well done may be nice (And a necessity of life) sometimes there are payments that are worth so much more.