I didn't think it would be as difficult to leave and say my goodbyes as it was yesterday. Granted, I had days, no, weeks, where I was ready to storm out of that place and never look back. Copy orders gone wrong, angry customers, a grumpy and irritable manager...all by themselves make for a stressful day, but put them all together and it makes for an ugly disastrous mess.
But then there's the people, my friends. There were some who came and went, but then there were those who stuck around long enough and invest in you. People who cared, not just about the work that got done, but about life outside of the building. It was really hard to leave those people. I mean, let's be honest. If you work a 40 hour/week job, you are with a certain group of people for a good portion of your life. They essentially become a second family. It could really suck if your co-workers are only that. Even if you had a stellar job it would be really awful to not enjoy the company of those you have to work with on a daily basis.
Yesterday was really special for me and I appreciate all of the kind words, hugs, and gifts that my friends gave to me. My good friend Lori made me a delicious "Fun-Fetti" cake. My boss Chris bought me some balloons and candy...the balloons said "Happy Retirement"! He's still telling me that he refuses my resignation, but I keep telling him that he'll have to fire me for abandonment because I won't show up! :) I had a couple phone calls from people who weren't at work that day to say goodbye. Everyone said they were sad I was leaving and that they would miss me, which was really nice/difficult to hear.
After work, we stepped across the street to a new bar that had opened up to hang out for the first and last time. I just can't say enough how good it feels to know that your managers and co-workers really are interested you and care. We talked non-work related talk (which was great!) and had some wings and beers. It was a great way to be sent off. I don't know why we hadn't done that before yesterday. It definitely solidified the fact that these people were/are my family. I will miss seeing them everyday. Well, not everyday, but I will definitely miss seeing them on a regular basis.
Here's to you Staples Store 46!
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