I call myself the PondMaster because thatís my trade -- thatís my talent. I take an ordinary landscape and gift it with the gift of life, movement, and beauty. I created Aquastonia because I wanted to share my gift with others. When I rebuilt my pond years ago, I actually rebuilt my lifestyle. Something that was pretty to look at turned into a place to drink coffee with my wife, a place to watch my children feed the Koi, and a wonderful background to take pictures of precious memories, in addition to so much more. Since then, I have found a passion in my watergarden and I wish to expand both that passion, and that lifestyle, to those around me. However, what I never expected in this business was to have my clients bestow gifts of their own upon me.
When I build a water landscape for a client, I develop a relationship for life with them. Iím not only there for the birth of the water feature, Iím there for maintenance as well. As you can imagine, I often hear stories of how their water features have changed their lives. Although there are many stories to tell, Iím going to tell you one of my favorites about a pair of clients, husband and wife, who I will simply name John and Marry.
On the first day I met John and Marry, I was taken aback with how different the husband and wife were. While the husband was very chatty and interested in the inís and outís of the Koi pond I was going to build, his wife was silent, nervous, and refused to make eye contact. She gave me a brief ďhiĒ upon first meeting me and that was it: she then quickly left her husband and I to discuss the details of the pond while she hid in their home. I didnít ask about her, but she seemed sad and almost empty to me, as if the life had been sucked out of her.
For the next several days, each morning I discussed with John what myself and my workers would be doing, but while I tried to engage his wife, she always moved back into the house without saying a word. The project itself was nothing difficult: several days later, my clients had a large-sized Koi pond completes with a rainbow assortment of Koi, blooming water lilies, and other vegetation surrounding the pond. I even added a small bench next to the pond to encourage John and Marry to spend time there and really bask in the tranquility of their new water garden. I was very satisfied with my work and as I began driving out of the driveway, I saw the wife join her husband in front of the pond.
For approximately a month I didnít communicate with my clients, but eventually I paid them a visit to ensure that the pond and its features were working properly. I was pleased to see the husband greet me as I pulled into the driveway, but I was shocked to see that his wife was planting flowers around the pond when I arrived. I was even more shocked when she joined her husband to greet me. What followed can only be described as a rainfall of questions. The woman standing before me could not be identified as the woman I had met a month ago and yet it was she, but reborn almost. She was lively, smiling, and asking me questions upon questions about the pond and what flowers to plant. Upon ensuring everything was working properly within the pond and while getting ready to leave, I was already shocked at the wifeís change, but before shaking my hand goodbye, Marry looked me dead in the eye and said ďthank you for giving me my life back. I can finally see the world for its beauty and color again.Ē
I think of this story fondly because I consider it a success story: I changed the life of somebody for the better and I wish to continue doing so. My goal in life is to have Aquastonia continue to bring people new found sources of happiness and beauty in their life, and most importantly, collect stories like this.