I have hit a couple of lasts that have brought tears to my eyes.
The first was last Friday - our Kindergarten registration day. I LOVE Kindergarten registration day. I do my song and dance routine - wow the parents - cuddle the kids - and dream of September when I get to know them all better.
Except - this last registration - as I finished off my song and dance - I realized (or maybe I should say it hit me upside the head) that I wouldn't get to know the parents better - wouldn't get to play with the kiddies - this was IT! the end!! and the tears burned the back of my eyes)
And then the girls from work took me out for lunch (before my train) and I was thinking "I can do this" last lunch with the girls.... easy peasy.
Except when they gave me my gift. A lot of thought went into my gift. They reaized I don't need more "stuff" - hell I am whittling down my "stuff" to meld with W's stuff. So they presented me with a spa bathrobe........ a beautiful thick long white spa robe. But it was more.......... a private joke between them and me............ Ya see this year when things don't go well - or someone asks me about next year - I have started using the phrase "Bite me" ......... when I opened up the robe - to the yells and cat calls from the girls to "put it on .. put it on" (funny I always thought it was "take it off - take it off") but I digress.... I opened up the robe and embroidered across the chest were these words:
It was PERFECT!!
The tears burned the back of my eyes again........... and I could say (in my thank you/goodbye speech) that I honestly couldn't think of a better way to end my career but with this wonderful team of women.