This month is full of goodbyes. Four people in my department have put in their notices. They are all moving on to bigger and better things. Their absence will create a large gap in our workforce which will not be replaced any time soon. Things are already stressful but with only three peons stress will escalate.
They are not the only ones in my life that are leaving. Four friends are also leaving. One to Florida. One to North Carolina. One to Oregon. One to Southern Washington. They too are moving on to different things to help further their careers.
It is sad that they are leaving. They will be missed. But it is a happy time as well because they are all experiencing new things; moving out of their comfort zones. As nervous and scared as some of them are, they are also brave for embarking on a new adventure.
There was a time when I would have begrudged their leaving (I have abandonment issues). Now I can honestly say I am happy for them.
So to Casey, Tyler, Callie,Darren,Brittany, Ellen, Greg and Raymond:
May you always have walls for the winds,
a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire,
laughter to cheer you, those you love near you,
and all your heart might desire.*