On my last day of work before retirement, I was given a couple of precious gifts from my coworkers. These gifts showed that they really did know me and appreciated who I was. One was an oversize mug (yay, lots of coffee and tea) that says Rescue Mom. Along with some kind words saying how she loved that I fostered and rescued dogs and to keep helping those puppies. Never fear, that is my plan! The best part of this gift was that this lady “gets” me and likes me for who I am.

The other mug was from a coworker who had helped me make sure that customers were fulfilling their requirements and doing what they were supposed to do. The words that I was to be missed were greatly appreciated. One of the Bible quotes on the mug he gave me seemed selected for me at this time of change in my life. “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way in which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.” How appropriate, as I enter this new phase of my life and decide where my life will take me after retirement.

I will remember these coworkers and their care and their support of me every time I use these mugs. Their kindness goes far beyond the day and the simple act of giving these gifts. They gave me a bit of themselves to take with me. May you all be blessed with such kind words and acts in your lives.