I saw this story posted on Facebook and had to share it. It reminds of a fable from Hans Christian Anderson in that a lesson was learned late in life.
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There was a women who wanted to have a 21 birthday for her only son .
Money was not much but she said , because she loves him so much , that she will give him the BEST 21 Birthday that any young man can ever ask for . And so she Began
She planned everything …
Dates , times and venues was confirmed so she started booking the more important things.
1st she wanted to get the Best MC in Town , because her son only deserves the best .
She phoned the MC , got a quote for R2800 per hour – and ask the MC if there is no way for a little Discount , seeing that he will be working the whole function and that he charges per hour.
The MC did not give a discount as he explained to her that he needs traveling , that he uses his voice the whole night and that being a mc requires a lot of work .. She ACCEPTED the quote and paid the MC
2nd she wanted the best and biggest cake for her son , she wanted the Best Baker in Town to bake her only son’s Cake because he deserves the Best.
She Phoned the Baker . Got a Quote for R3600 – and asked the Baker if there is no way for a little Discount, seeing that she ordered such a big cake.
The Baker did not give Discount , as she explained that the ingredients for this cake is very expensive and that baking such a big cake requires a lot of work… She ACCEPTED the Quote and paid the Baker.
3rd she wanted the Best catering and Décor company in town for her sons Party , as he deserves it.
She Phoned the caterer, Got a Quote for R22 000 – she asked the caterer for a little Discount , but he refuses because of wear and tear on his décor , and the chefs preparing the meals must also get paid , he also mentioned that he cannot give discount because the catering is hard work , and that the ingredients to make the food is very expensive…. She ACCEPTED the Quote and paid the Caterer.
After phoning DJ’s and live bands , singers and dancers , she remembered that all of this will be done , and that the party will be a huge success , but none will be remembered , all will enjoy and forget within a little while, so she Remembered the Photographer .
She Phoned the Photographer , but because she already paid so much money to the MC , the baker and all the order people, she really didn’t have much left in the budget for the Photographer , so she started of by saying ” I need a photographer for the event but I do not have a lot of money in my budget left , so please can you give me a good price?”
The Photographer , fully understands “budgets” because being a full time photographer , requires HARD work , and little pay. The Photographer gave her a quote for R600 per hour she booked (7 hours), but she did not Accept the quote , she again ask for better discount and also changed the hours to 5hours. Again the Photographer gave her a discount and now only quoted R400 per hour.. She still wasn’t happy but accepted the quote, she did not pay the photographer like she paid the other people. But yet the Photographer made the Booking and didn’t mention payment again until a week before the party .
The women was so rude to the photographer asking for money , and the women cancelled the photographer.. Not really because of the demand for money , more because she did not have money left to pay the Photographer.
The photographer being very sad , accepted her cancelation ,but was in big financial trouble now , as the photographer Kept that booking open for this women , only to accept no other bookings for that date and time. Now all of the other bookings already got another photographer.
A day before the party the Photographer got a call from the women again , asking her to give more discount , because she cant afford R400 per hour , and again the photographer gave her discount and now only charged R200 an hour , and booked her for the night .
On the night of the event , the photographer did what was asked and expected. Even though the photographer charged less , the work was done perfect , the whole night every moment , and every detail was captured perfectly , even a few extra things was done.
The baker , the MC and the Caterer was treated like kings and queens, drinks was served to them , and they were invited to eat with the other guests , yet the photographer had to still work.
After the MC left , the food was all eaten up and the last people dance to the music that Mnr Dj is making , the photographer was still there.
After everything was done , and everyone could relax the work for the Photographer did not end . There was long nights of editing still awaiting the photographer, long nights of effects , air brushing and color enhancing , long nights of making each and everyone look perfect on the pictures.
Yet the women phoned everyday to complain that the pictures are taking to long.
Rude messages followed , bad reviews was given because this women had to wait for 2 weeks to get her pictures , yet for 2 weeks the photographer worked during the day , and did all night editing at night.
After the photos was done , and the photographer knew that every single person on that photos are 100% perfect , she delivered the photo’s.
Only a thank you was expected , yet not even that was given.
Many years later , this same women was lying on a hospital bed , very sick , with her great granddaughter sitting next to her showing her a Photo Album , they laughed at old family photo’s and enjoyed to see how with the years , people get older.
When the child opened the Album of her grandfather’s 21st Birthday , the old women sat straight up and looked at the photo’s in the album with tears in her eyes .
She looked at the pictures , every single one was perfect , every single shot was aimed and focused and edited perfect.
She looked at her great grand Daughter and said :
” The Photographer who took these pictures , was in those days only seen as a person , someone I thought is to lazy to work a normal job” Someone I thought was ripping me off my money , to stand a few hours and snap a few photo’s , but today soooo many years later , I realize I was supposed to treat this person like the most important person @ that function, I was supposed to pay this Person more money than I paid all the other people together , and I was supposed to thank this person better than I thanked anyone of the others.”
The Granddaughter looked at her gran and asked her , but why Nanna?
Nanna Replied with watery eyes and a sigh – “Because today many many years after that party , I cannot remember what the MC said , I cannot remember the taste of the food or the cake , none of the things I paid a arm and a leg for , is remembered today , none of the people I treated like queens and Kings , left me something so special like what the Photographer left me . The Photographer left me memories. Something I can always go back to look at and it lasted up until now ,and will last for many many years after.
Moral of the story : No MC , or chef, baker or cook , can capture the memories of any special day , like the Photographer can.( because the photographer , captures the beauty of what the baker created , the MC said and the chef cooked)
So next time you ask for discount , think of what would last you the longest? and who needs to be treated the best.