So today was the last official day at the place I called work for the last 12 years and it still doesn’t feel real. I am going to take a little under two weeks off and then jump into the thick of a new role at a new location.
Highights of the last day
- Homemade cards written and decorated by library littles who were only mere months old when I first met them.
- The baby of the family who lived next door to the library let me hold him and did not scream his head off!
- Two of the moms are pregnant and one let me feel her daughter’s kick.
- Coffee from the other pregnant mom who called me friend (it does not take much)
- The teens who hugged me and whispered that I always listened to them.
- The mom who I didn’t really know but she overheard me taking about my last day and thanked me for helping her family.
- The Library board member who stopped by to thank me for my service and chatted with me about how our library has changed.
- The Friends Group President who gave me a lovely bouquet of flowers and also chatted with me about The Bee (she and The Bee went to the same high school).
- The feeling of a job well done.
By no means is this the complete list. There have been so many highs with this job but as I type it is hard to wrap my mind around the changes that are happening. The Librarian, after I blubbered in his ear about what the holy heck was I doing, noted that change, while difficult, is necessary for growth. So I will sniffle while sorting through old notes but am ready for the next stage of life.