Today was an emotional roller coaster filled with tears and laughs. If it hadn’t been for the pastor and a couple of my co-workers cracking jokes, it would have all been tears.
At the end of the day they threw me a going away party where all the staff working at that point, and about 50 or more of the residents came to wish me farewell. 2 of my co-workers made me stiff drinks for the party and I was utterly grateful, but I was definitely inebriated by the end of the day and very glad I wasn’t driving home.
There was a giant sheet cake and I received a bouquet of tulips, a Charlie Brown book, and a few other gift cards as well, highly unexpected. The only part I knew about was the cake and that everyone would be welcome to come say goodbyes. What they didn’t mention is that the pub was being decorated for me and that people were literally saying words for me in front of everyone. I was so very touched, and barely kept it together breaking into tears several times.
This has definitely been the hardest goodbye from a position that I have ever had, by a landslide. On that note, I’ll leave you with a progression of pictures of the gifts and cards that I received so you can read their words for yourself. I think I’m fresh out of more words than this at the moment. May you all feel as conflictedly blessed as I do at this moment.