Yesterday was quite a day, after 12,661 days of being a Heery International employee, I set the out of office announcement for the last time (don’t bother me anymore!), cut my computer off and suddenly I was unemployed.
The day started with breakfast and well wishes from the Aldine ISD team and ended with the party shown above hosted by my colleagues at Heery. In addition to them clients, colleagues and competitors were there to have a margarita (or three).
My boss for the last 28 years gave what basically was what I hope my eulogy sounds like someday long in the future and his wife recited a poem she had written in my honor. Both brought tears to me and I think a little bit to them too. While it was great to know that I had impacted folks, it also was a reminder of how much others have taught me and impacted me in return.
It was a very weird day, I expected to feel elated but I think between the emotion of leaving the Heery home (family?) of the last almost 35 years and the knowledge that we still have the final push to get packed up (where did all this cra, ahem treasured possessions come from?) kept the elation level low. But I think on Tuesday afternoon when we see Houston in our rear view mirror and the adventures ahead in the windshield I will finally realize that I am indeed…. (dare I say it???)