Dear Cherie BerryPosted: October 19, 2012
Dear Cherie Berry,
You’re always there for me.
Well, actually, you’re not ALWAYS there for me. You’re really only there when I’m in large public buildings. But when I’m in those buildings, so are you.
Thanks for that, Cherie. May I call you Cherie?
Elevators could be a real crap shoot, couldn’t they Cherie? Jump in an automated metal box, go up to someplace high, count on it to open up and let you out. We can’t see the stuff that makes it work, its more of a matter of trust. When I say matter of trust, I’m talking about the concept, not the Billy Joel song of the same title.
You let me know that they aren’t a crap shoot. I know I’m going to be OK because you let me know that I am. You’re so sure of it, you signed the document that tells me how safe the elevator is. Some people would put more stock in the signature of the person who inspected the elevator. Not me. I think it is more important to see that you signed off to let me know that everything is cool.
In fact, anyone can sign their (or some other person’s) work. You go one step better. You put your face on the work. It is so helpful to see you there on a certificate in every elevator in the state. I walk on an elevator and see you there on the wall, smiling the smile that tells me I can take this lift all the way to the top.
You have smiled in every elevator I’ve stepped into in North Carolina the past few years. That’s good. I would get out of any elevator without your smile in it. I believe that if an elevator does not pass inspection, it gets a certificate with a picture of you scowling. If I see that scowl, I will be taking the stairs. That is how influential you are on my behavior, Cherie.
My birth certificate has the signature of the doctor that delivered me. It would be so much more impressive if that document had the doctor’s picture on it. We both know that’s not going to happen for me. I’m an old guy. It is a pretty safe bet that obstetrician is long gone.
It isn’t too late for future generations, Cherie. You are in a position to influence more people to put their photos on their work. I’m sure you’ll get it done.
‘Cause it’s always been a matter of trust for me.
Matter of trust, the concept, not the Billy Joel song.