Over and above

I was asked to design a new entry for a home in a resort community. Design and price were agreed upon and work commenced. It took a bit longer to complete than I had expected because I was not satisfied with the original patina and did it over until it was what I felt it needed to be. The piece was installed and final payment made. Some months later, I received a letter from the owner. In it was a sizable check, over and above the originally agreed upon price, with a note saying, “Thank you for making sure the entry was all it could be.”