I awoke one morning to 8 texts from my boss, demanding to know why a bass player had showed up at 10 in the morning, instead of 10 at night, when the trio always starts.
I texted back, “Some people are so excited to work for you, they show up twelve hours early.” Followed by a heart emoji.
Nothing more was mentioned of the incident.
Later that night, the bass player, a freshman in college and his first time on this particular gig, apologized and said he was sorry if he had made me look bad in front of management, like I didn’t have my shit together.
I told him I had his back, had already taken care of it, and showed him the text.
His eyes widened.
“Wow,” he said, “That’s a valuable life lesson. Always see the positive side in every situation.”