Tales of a wandering lesbian

That’s it!

Things are starting to wind down for me at work.  Not that they’re getting any easier or that there’s any slowing of the work.  It’s just that the end is in sight, and now I’m starting to reflect a little.

I remember the final day of my last office job.  When I left , it wasn’t under the most smiley of circumstances.  In fact, I’m still not sure, almost five years later, what happened.  Still, my last day had one especially humorous moment.  It was someone else’s birthday, and I think someone must have realized, part way through the afternoon, that it was my last day, too.    When we gathered to celebrate, it became an impromptu going away as well, complete with cake.

When I first saw the cake, I laughed out loud.  Someone had scrambled to find some frosting and converted the birthday cake into a going away cake.  Because it was freehand and last-minute, I thought (as did other staffers) that the wobbly writing read “That’s it Kristin!”  I read it out loud and laughed.  It was deliciously apropriate.  Once the cake was on the table, we realized that it said “Thanks Kristin!”  But  the damage was already done.  We still refer to it as the “That’s it! cake”.

Tomorrow, my office is having a going away lunch for me.  It’s very sweet.  When I walk out the door next Friday, I’ll be leaving them 3 and a half staff members short.  And they’re making me a party.  Well, I’ll let you know what they make me, exactly.  We’re having a staff meeting directly before lunch where the other staff members will find out which of my job duties they will be taking on.  I’m hoping to escape without someone throwing something at me.

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1 Heather { 09.16.09 at 11:04 pm }

It makes me so sad, that you are leaving and that I didnt get to see you today… :o(

2 Brandi { 09.17.09 at 9:44 am }

What?!? You get a party? That is crap, all I got was a card.

3 Joan { 09.18.09 at 3:28 pm }

Your Salem fan club is still in recovery from your departure. You brought such passion to our political processing and that is so sorely missed. We would have had a cake for you, but we were in denial that you were really leaving. Now, I look forward to the pleasure of hearing all about your passion for Italy. We’ll all be speaking with a lovely accent upon your return, sipping a very strong coffee.

4 KFlick { 09.18.09 at 4:56 pm }

Oh Joan, what a lovely comment.

Organizing in Salem was one of the most fulfilling things I’ve ever done. I blame myself for not leaving the community in a more sustainable place politically, and learned a gret lesson from it.

I’ll actually be writing about it tonight. Thank you, my dear!