Sunday, April 26, 2009

A Chapter Ends

I've said goodbye to my part time job in town. I started there almost four years ago. It was a new experience for me (no plastic bottles! no horses!). And though this is a small town, everyone there was a stranger to me, and I to them. What a difference a few years can make.

Those strangers became dear friends. Many light moments and laughs were shared. Many difficult times were discussed and tears were shed (okay, most of the tears were mine - look at me funny and I cry - those other two are SO strong).
Those strangers became an inspiration. I learned so much more than my job. They taught me about faith, perseverance, selflessness, and "rolling with the punches". About caring, and kindness, and acceptance.

I know this isn't goodbye forever. They will always be my friends. But I will really miss our twice weekly contact. The catch-up talks at the start of the day. The odd story in the middle of the day. The talk of future plans at the end of the day.

Though I couldn't have known it when I took the job, I am so thankful now that I did, and for the friends that came of it.

Friend. Isn't that warm, pleasant, rich, comforting word? One of my favorites.


Karen said...

....oh friends...what would we do without them....

Anonymous said...

Oh you stinker you! Tears are streaming down my face as I read this. I thank God for meeting you and working with you and having you in my life. You have been such an inspiration to me, knowing what a full plate you have with Scott also! Loved the talks, and the craziness within the office, looking forward to going for walks, and hopefully, SHOPPING!!! one day soon.

Love, Deb

Anonymous said...

Thanks.....looking forward to a new chapter of different, but same "girl talk". Sorry Les, you're a guy!!
Love ya, Jo

Col said...

Happy retirement sister!!