A while back, Jude Hardin asked about the difference between a hack and an artist. I've been struggling to come up with an answer, and then Ladonna's beautiful post, Soul Gifts, nudged me along.
This year we signed up for a snow plow service. We run a business from our home, and we'd previously canceled snow plow service because the driveway absolutely must be done by the time my students come, and a lot of the snow plow services we'd seen came erratically.
But last year, I watched every day as my neighbor's driveway was plowed, like clockwork, every single morning and night at 2:00. You could've set your watch by it.
So after years of shoveling snow for two hours a day, we splurged on a service that was almost twice the price of the cheapest guys.
Let me tell you.
Not only do they come like clockwork, but they do a BEAUTIFUL job. Most snow plow guys do one or two pushes straight back.
Not this guy.
He spent almost twenty-five minutes on our small driveway, making it PERFECT. He got every single bit of snow off the driveway. He must have gone up and down our driveway eight times, and it's only about eight car lengths long with a parking area for six crammed in tight.
Glenn and I were so excited and fascinated, we turned out all the lights and WATCHED.
With big grins on our faces.
And at two o'clock in the morning, we ran outside in the snow to check it out.
You could not get a more beautiful driveway if you spent hours shoveling.
This guy is definitely a snow plow artist.
So my answer to Jude, finally, is that I believe a work of art is one done with care and with loving attention to every detail.
What do you think? And who has blown you away, lately, with their artistry?