Matt Reel finishes 7 years and 9 months…
…apprenticing with Shinji Suzuki! Are hats are off to you, Matt, this is a huge week for you!
If any of you remember the ridiculous, stressful stories from my book Post-Dated about the life of the apprentice, well, how anyone could have done that for nearly 8 years is simply ASTONISHING to me, and it makes me smile, too. I hope those stories might give you some sense of how momentous an event this is for Matt.
Matt joined us briefly at the last March Seasonal, and here are a few photos of his visit:
In total surprise, Matt Reel called me this week from a taxi in Japan, asking if I’d be around the next day. I was, and so were my Seasonal students, so in his first day in the United States as a free man did some bonsai work—after just finishing his 7 years and 9 months apprenticeship with Shinji Suzuki. We fed him well in celebration, and then he repotted his yew with the Seasonal class. Congratulations Matt! Your apprenticeship is a high water mark of dedication and passion that might never be reached again. WELCOME HOME!
Matt’s yew that has been missing him desperately, and that he finally got around to repotting this week.
Looking forward to having you around in your hometown of Portland, Oregon, Matt. Again, welcome home!