~ What Lies Behind Us And What Lies Before Us Are Tiny Matters Compared To What Lies Within Us ~

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That train of thought by Ralph Waldo Emerson stared me in the face today while at a clients home.  I rarely go out on carpet and air duct cleaning jobs with the tech, but today I did. My presence is not usually needed out in the field, but today was a bit different.  The client could barely speak as it appeared he had a stroke, so we all had to put our heads together on this one. I went to the address thinking perhaps a care giver would be present.

We ring the doorbell and an older gentleman opens the door and motions us into the main living rooms. He has a modest but charming home with books everywhere, and I mean everywhere.  Once inside the living and dining rooms, I lay my eyes on some of the most beautiful antique and semi-antique Oriental Rugs I have seen outside of Sothebys and markets in Turkey, Iran or Switzerland. I used to be an Oriental rug collector. I stopped, because for me, it was as addictive, as strong as, if you were to put a "d" in front of the word "rug".  Our job was to clean his antique Oriental rugs, but he didn't want us to take them with us, we were to do it there, but in the old world way, by hand, with a brush. I said "yes" with immediate enthusiasm and immediately received a slight jab below my rib cage from you know who. They were so beautiful, just exquisite. It was like hanging around in the old neighborhood. The one I usually avoid at all costs, because I know how relapses happen.  So, yes it is true.  I was intoxicated by the rugs. High on everything they offered to me, just like in the old days.

So several hours later, we gave him the final invoice and recived a check for $300.00 more than the total due. His handwriting was shaky, but there was a note along with the check that read - "When You Were Cleaning My Rugs I Saw Inside You"  As we left he kissed my hand...at that point, I would have gladly done it for free.

 

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 Michelle Viggiano Scottsdale & Phoenix Green Plant Based Carpet and Air Duct Cleaning www.healthyhomeaz.com

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Michelle Viggiano
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You are so right Sally, about not judging a book by it's cover. Old and Shaky, Tattered and Poor, Unfashionable and Plain, Halting English and Menial Labor...Just all externals that do not address the human jewel inside the package. On the other end of the spectrum, Couture and Fancy, Suited and Brief Cased, Tailored and High Necked, Uniformed and Badged, are no guaranty of what's lurking beneath that facade either.... 

July 27, 2009 11:08 AM
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Your story is a great example of why I wish Americans would spend more time with the elderly members of their families. There is so much "inside of them," but we shuttle them off to a nursing home to be with their own kind because we don't have time for them. I truly hope that the global economy will help us learn from some of the other cultures that respect their elderly citizens.

July 28, 2009 04:14 AM
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Michelle Viggiano
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So true Russel. So true. It is a sad legacy here in our culture that the old are rather discarded. A pity and a distasteful waste of humanity - our own.

July 28, 2009 10:56 PM
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Hi Michelle~ Those kind of experiences with others is absolutely priceless!  It seems as though that elderly man knows a real jewel when he sees one!  If only more of our encounters with others were like that!

August 07, 2009 12:45 AM
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Hi Vckie, it's nice to meet you.  Yes, it's a pity such encounters are truly a rarity. Or are they? We are all in such a hurry, on both ends of the equation, we rarely ever actually see the other person beyond the externals...perhaps if we slowed down to decipher what's beyond the surface a bit more, it would happen much more frequently.

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