Shy decorator

Some time ago I got a firm in to decorate a couple of rooms that needed sprucing up. The decorator himself was a shy, very quiet little Irishman. He hardly spoke a word and answered my questions in mumbled monosyllables. But he was a great decorator. He was obsessive and perfectionist, making every effort to do the job to the absolute best of his abilities. So much so, in fact, that he was driving his boss up the wall (no pun intended). At one point, I walked through the room he was decorating and noted that he had finished putting the lining paper up on three walls and was just finishing off the fourth. When I came back through moments later, he had stripped the paper from all the walls and had started over. Presumably because the work had been less than perfect. Anyway, I just wondered if there was some link between the perfectionism and his shyness. In the sense that he really cared about doing a good job, so could it be that he also ‘really cared’ about what people thought, which is what made him so backward in coming forwards? Or am I just playing with words? I don’t know, but it seemed to make some sense in his case.

Incidentally, his boss was the opposite. He was open and chatty, but cared much less about doing the perfect job than just getting it done as quickly as possible. The inverse problem.

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Published by Peter Runkel

"Work hard and be nice to people." Anthony Burrill

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