The “Butterfly effect” is a concept of how very tiny events set in motion become very large effects.
The “Butterfly effect” is a concept of how very tiny events set in motion become very large effects, ergo a single flap of a butterfly’s wing might ultimately produce a hurricane on the other side of the planet. Although originally applied to weather predictions, the concept is applicable in our personal lives.
Every big thing begins with a little thing; therefore I believe one can “reverse-engineer” notable occurrences backward down decision trees until you uncover the innocuous seed that initially started the ball rolling. So it was with my wife Ann having my bathroom completely remodeled, and I do mean “completely.”
I have to admit the finished product is pretty impressive with recessed lighting and piped-in music. I’m not cyber-smart enough to know where it’s piped from, but I do know many of my favorite singers live there so I hope that song bucket doesn’t run dry.
So back to butterflies. I know the little wing-flap that created the miniscule eddy of an idea that culminated in this project. A few months ago, Ann made a passing comment, “I’d like to change the mirror in your bathroom.” Ah-hah, the butterfly spread its wings!
So that first little flap eventually carried me into my new bathroom. I’m not complaining and am very happy with the results.
And the butterfly wasn’t completely finished flapping. As the bathroom neared completion, Ann mentioned it didn’t make much sense to leave an old door on the new bathroom. Flap, flap.
We now have a brand new bathroom and new doors throughout the house. Oh yeah - let the game resume - we installed a new light fixture in Ann’s bathroom, but I know the butterfly thinks it needs “more.” Ann is already eyeing our aging carpets and checking out flooring. But that’s fine because the singular factor that made all of this work out really well was who did the work, and Robbie does floors. In fact, I asked him to give me a list of stuff he can’t do. There’s not much on it.
Sometimes I write about folks doing work for me who are highly exceptional. Robert Baker owns a general remodeling company, “Hammertime Builders” and did an outstanding job from start to finish.
I’ve known Robbie for decades through little projects he’s done for us and have always been very satisfied. But this total re-do was a big project by my measure and he and his son, Jeffery, did an outstanding job from start to finish.
Robbie did what he said he would, knew what he was doing, showed up on time, left his work area in good order and was drop-dead on time and budget. We were glad to see it finished and all the tools, trailers and covers taken away, but Ann said she already misses Jeffery.
She said he’s a good kid and he and Robbie’s ongoing verbal sparring was funny and entertaining to hear. I’m sure they’ll be back to do the floors because the butterfly is already flapping around the den.
This isn’t an infomercial, simply public kudos for a job well-done that should always be given when earned.
Otis Gardner can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.