The week before I resigned, my work hosted a really nice baby shower for me and baby boy. Of course my family came and Gigi was more than happy to show her ballet moves and sing for anyone who was interested. Since secretly I am extremely embarrassed by parties that are about me (it may be the only time I truly feel shy), I was happy to have her there pulling in some of the attention.
I really enjoyed having my family there, including Marcos. After the party they had nothing but kind things to say about the people I work with, and it confirmed to me how blessed I have been to work in a place with such generous, kind and loving people. Being part of this group of co-workers, and part of my family and our church family, and our extended circle of friends, makes me feel really confident that I am bringing my child into a beautiful world of good people.
With Sharon, my boss, Anna, one of our undergraduate assistants, and the killer Whole Foods chocolate raspberry cake. Sharon is the Director of Recruitment, Admissions and Financial Aid at the UNC School of Social Work, and I have nothing but endless respect and admiration for her. She is lovely both as a friend and as a professional. I worked with her my first year as a graduate student, and a year after I graduated she called to ask if I would come in for her while she was out on maternity leave.
And now it's my turn to rotate out for a chapter.
On October 16th I went to work, and after a lunch with my work team, and farewells, I took a deep breath and made my way out of the building for the last time as an employee. It's been about two weeks since I was at work, and honestly, I have been so busy with seasonal and holiday activities that I haven't missed it much. But part of it is because I know that any day I can walk into the building and I know where to find my friends. They are near by, and I look forward to taking little boy to meet them sometime in the next few weeks!