On those days when you just feel beaten down by the whole thing - deadlines, politics, schedules, et cetera - you sometimes get a little gift that reminds you how much you love what you do and why it's so worthwhile.
I got a call today from a "client." I say it in quotes because technically, as an official reporter, the attorneys who come into our courtroom have no choice on which reporter they work with. Nonetheless, this client gave me a huge compliment.
Suffice it to say there's a situation and the reporter he originally worked with in court has yet to produce a transcript, even though paid a deposit, in a year's time. The attorney has asked that I be assigned to produce the transcript. He said, "We love you, and really want you to do it." I teared up, right there. Now, I don't know if I'll get the assignment; who knows if this reporter will make good on their promises. What is important is that my reputation for communication and timely quality transcripts is recognized.
Man, that made my day.