I might be a suspicious person by nature, though at other times I'm so gullible.
When in Fifth Grade (age 10), our Home Economics teacher was in a bad accident as a result of crossing the main road near school where you weren't meant to cross. A few weeks later my classmates told me, an old man-teacher, who retired from a public school, was going to come and teach us Home Ec, and of course I had no reason to doubt them, did I?
This week I heard from the grandmother who ordered the baby blanket to tell me she visited him and loved the blanket, and sent me a picture of a little-boy-who-is-not-a-baby-any-more; I also heard from the client who just received her cashmere lime sorbet, and she liked it, too.
I'm very anxious until I hear back from my clients after I post commission pieces. Of course I'd like to hear what they thought, and I hope to hear that they liked the pieces, and I don't look forward to the possibility of, "Well, in fact......" But will they tell me if they were less than 100% pleased? Or if they thought I charged too much? Or they think I mislead them to thinking it was going to be something else entirely? I've never had anything returned; two clients keep ordering more. But I have woven a second, alternate piece for about one-third of my commission orders when I didn't like the first pieces. And commission has become a bit too nerve-wrecking recently. It's about compliments and taste all over.
And then the full-on suspicion: in New Zealand, I often hear my weaving described as "cleaver". I don't know what they mean. Where I grew up, "cleaver" was not necessarily a compliment; in some cases it was synonymous to "sly", so are they saying something about me now???
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OK, "clever", definitely not "cleaver". What a place for a typo. And then I used the wrong bracket, "<", for the correction, so HTML of course ate that up! "CLEVER!"
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End of suspicion. Gotta work. I had a nice time at the opening last night, and want to share that experience with you later, too.