This wasn’t the worst client relationship, but was a moment I think about a lot. I’d been working for a client for a long time, and we wound up talking about the summer and our plans for it. I told him that I was taking a week off in a month (after our project ended) to go visit my family. He said something that I think is probably true of a lot of clients:
Client: Wow, of course! To be honest, I think of you just kind of as a wind-up work robot. You’re so good, I just associate you only with the job.
He knew how ridiculous that was, but I feel like a lot of clients don’t.