Today was our annual Staff Day at work – my last. All of the libraries were closed so that we could bring the entire staff together for training and fellowship. The staff team that volunteered to plan the day outdid themselves with a great mix of team-building and learning opportunities, not to mention excellent food and our first staff Bake Off featuring an amazing array of gourmet treats.
They had me in tears after lunch when they showed a photo montage from my 14 years at the library district, including photos of too many people who are now deceased, then presented me with an album of photos of almost every employee, Board members, and volunteers with a hand written note from each.
The day ended with the obligatory team photo –
We have certainly had our challenges over the years, but it has been a huge privilege to work with this creative, talented, and hardworking group of people. As much as I am looking forward to retirement I know that I will miss them very much.
Truly a bittersweet day….