Wednesday, June 4, 2008

So Long & Thanks for All the Fish

That's what I should have said anyway.

Today was my last day at work, and of course there was a party. Actually there were two parties a small get together with the office staff and then a big one with the whole department. The little party was nice... I had thought about something nice to say to each of them, and had some goodbye gifts for them - they got me a really nice messenger bag. We chatted and it was nice.

But the big party, well it was overwhelming. I very quickly got cornered... by people I didn't know very well actually. But then they called me up to the front of the room and my closest co-worker said some nice things and gave me a scrap book they'd put together, everyone contributed something... it was really touching, I totally burst into tears - I really wasn't expecting to be emotional. But the scrap book was really the best kind of gift for me. People drew pictures and wrote nice things... it really blew me away how much work had gone into it. Which was all great.

The rat is saying "You're rat-tastic!"


Except that they then expected me to say something.

It's times like that when I wish I were a better liar. Seriously I tried to come up with something nice and generic and authentic to say. I came up with "Well ... it's been interesting." I think I said I would miss people and that it was just time to move on. I managed not to say "God I hated this job." which is probably as much as I could expect for myself. And it was hard to hear people say how great I'd been when I knew how much I slacked off. I'm not good with the polite fictions.

And now it's all over. I don't think it's quite sunk in yet. Tomorrow will be a very interesting day.

9 comments:

turtlegirl76 said...

At least you know you'll be missed. Tomorrow is a fresh start.

IrishgirlieKnits said...

It probably hasn't sunk in yet, but its a new chapter of your life about to begin! Yay!! The scrapbook sounds like a nice idea too!!

Clare said...

Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Enjoy it!

Bezzie said...

Hee hee, what Clare said!

loulee1 said...

Hehehe, did you leave them a goldfish bowl?

Best wishes for your future, may your hopes and dreams all come true.

Exuberant Color said...

The best is yet to come. you are young, the whole world is out there waiting for you. I wish you only the best of everything.
I think that scrapbook will be great to look at in later years and remember that some of the people weren't so bad, the job was bad.

gl. said...

yeah, i'm bad at polite fictions, too, unless they've been rehearsed (even better if i'm quoting something like douglas adams. ;)

sooooooo glad you're away from that. exhuberant color is right when s/he says the best is yet to come!

Michael5000 said...

I totally agree that you are rat-tastic!

Lady Miss Violet said...

Hey! I didn't get to come to your going away party! I didn't even know you left. I served as Cashier at the NWQ show on Sunday and was co-cashier with Michael. He told me you'd left OHSU. My mom also said she saw you Saturday. Get in touch and let me know how/what you're up to.
Take care, Jill (lillyj)