Tuesday, August 1, 2006

my last day

It was my last day at work today for six months (plus the remainder of my vacation and sick leave, so ... seven months), and it was both exciting and sad. Exciting to record my out-of-office voicemail message after thinking about it for so long. Sad at the end of the day when all my coworkers hugged me and said goodbye. Exciting (and freeing) to throw out so many unneeded notepads and files of just-in-case paperwork and realize they are not my problem for the time being. Sad at around noon when my boss called me into his office and asked me to "Please come back" when my leave was over because it's going to be so tough to have me gone. Even if I'm not sure yet what my future holds (back to work? freelance? something entirely new? full-time mom?), it is good to feel so wanted.

I packed up a small box of things I wanted to bring home — things I haven't already brought home in the past few weeks: A pile of books I've reviewed or wanted to read (The Wisdom of the Celtic Saints, the new, illustrated, hardback edition of The Elements of Style, Strategies for Stay-at-Home Parents). My Ireland wall calendar, at which I have loved looking every day and for which I now hope find a spot to hang at home. (Yikes ... trying to use prepositions correctly in that sentence makes it awfully awkward!) All my benefits information. Boxes of teabags and crackers I've had lying around. A gift certificate for Caribou Coffee I got for my birthday but forgot I had.

I added up all my available time off this morning, and it looks like I can take my leave through the first week of March. It seems like such a long time from now, but I suspect the time will fly by. I'm glad I'll have a full winter to hibernate at home with our baby. Winters at work are hectic. With Christmas editions and a magazine-style special section in December and a crazed number of major supplements in January and February, we are always pulling our hair out by March. Who knows? By then I might be pulling my hair out with cabin fever. But something tells me I am going to be happy to be at home with the Lemmondrop, the two of us staying as snug as bugs in the cold, snowy weather. And if I do get stir-crazy, I can always dip my feet in and offer my freelance help. I'm pretty sure they won't say no to that!


Ellen said...

Em, what a transition betweeen your first days there as a single, brokenhearted 20-something and your last as a grounded, wise mom-to-be. That is, until you come back in the spring if you do. As sad as your coworkers were, I am sure they are proud of you in this milestone in your life.
By the way, I am sure they'll want to see your baby so you can still plan some visits to the office with Lemmon Jr. during the winter!

LutherLiz said...

Congatulations! It will be a wonderful time for you and lemmondrop I'm sure. You don't have to make any decisions about the future now anyway, but it is nice to know that you're needed! :)

11 days to go?

Christina said...

I can understand why J asked you to please return. You have been an incredible asset to that paper over the years, bringing a priceless mix of gifts. Many of my friends and relatives have been enlightened and entertained by your incisive reporting and polished prose.

And me? Since my first day as an intern, I have always turned to your writing as a model of excellence.

Take a moment to celebrate your outstanding accumulation of work. Dwell in some well-deserved pride. And yes, know that you have lots of time to decide about March....And I suspect you'll find a perfect-fit solution.


(Sorry I haven't emailed in a while! School has been ridiculously intense.)

Emilie said...

Aw, Christina, you're sweet (and immensely talented yourself, so it's nice of you to compliment me)! It was actually B who asked me to come back, although J did say similar things. At any rate ... I hope you are loving grad school! :)

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Thank you and congratulations.