Only 2 working days to go. Yippee! I said goodbye to one of my work mates last week as she's was going off on holiday, and we were both a little choked. I guess Friday will be very emotional as there's so many people to say goodbye to. Tomorrow we are all off to another Children's Centre for a hog roast lunch with gateau to follow. It's expected that 'lunch' will last for most of the afternoon :-) Then Friday we are all bringing food in for a buffet lunch at the Children's Centre where I work.
There are 3 of us leaving at the same time and with all the re-organisation that's going on at the minute it's a very unsettling time for those who're staying on. All the Admin staff have been given 118 notices and have to apply for new posts, not necessarily where they are working now and not necessarily at the same pay grade. I'm glad I decided on redundancy as I had picked up bits of information here and there and had already guessed that this was going to happen. I really feel for those whose futures are so uncertain - not that mine is any different, but at least that was my choice!
There are a few things about the job that I'll miss (apart from the lovely people I work with). The Children's Centre is in a beautiful location, poised on the top of a cliff and overlooking working docks. I can look out of the window and watch foreign boats coming in with their cargo and fishermen on the pier. On stormy days it's wonderful to watch the waves crashing over the top of the lighthouse and on sunny days I can just walk down a set of steps and I'm on the beach.
But what I'll miss the most is the joy that the children bring. Watching them grow from babies into toddlers full of character and then really grown-up pre-schoolers. From the little boy who's never seen without his hat and has something different that he 'must show me' almost every day, to the toddler who gives me the cutest smile and blows me a kiss, they all make my day and I'll miss their company.
So, although I'm glad I'm moving on to a new stage in my life, it's a time for reflection this week