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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Keep the change


I hate change...always have. I could stay in the same house with the same neighbors, work the same job with the same friends and be happy as a clam. But life doesn't work that way, and this week especially the changes were so sad. I have shared before about our group at work and how much they mean to me. After 11 years they are part of my family. And this will be my last week with them! Our company is shifting and they took my store, put it in a snow globe and shook.When things settled not only was Kirk gone but a few more of us too. We have been crying all week about being separated. Trish and I met one morning at the time clock and we both had tears streaming down our faces. But in true "girlfriend" style they sent me off with fun princess goodies.It sure made me smile, but it doesn't help the knot in my stomach wondering what daily life will be like without each other.What if they don't like me? What if they think I'm a crazy girl who talks about her puppy like it's her child,cries at the drop of a hat, who does the "superstar" and talks in different accents,uses the name "Sophia" at Starbucks and stares at white cake with adoration. And I know they'll think I'm crazy when I show up with my tiara and princess lunch pail? Oh goodness please don't make me go! Guess I will use the Costco philosophy" I'm large, not very fancy but I dare ya not to like me"
To the girls.....I thank you from the bottom of my heart for being such good pals! You made work so much fun! I know I'm going to miss you every minute of every day! Years ago when Rhonda and I were separated she gave me a bag of peppermints and told me when I was sad they would make me feel better. Through the years we have had lots of occasions to share peppermints with each other. So for this goodbye she filled a jug of them for me.I could eat them all, but there's no making this better. I adore you guys, Keep giggling and remember we're Superstars for life!


7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wait, you have to change stores? Oh no!! What store are you going to? I'm sure there is going to be a force of unhappy customers to see you leave! I started laughing so hard when I heard you ask "what if they dont like me?", I guarantee that is pretty much impossible! This must be so hard after working and building relationships there 11 years! When is your first new day? I will be thinking of you! Love you!
Kaitlin

Saranne said...

Yes, change stinks some times...and it isn't easy to let go of our comfort zones and become "the new kid on the block! Although we haven't met (except through blogging), I am SO sure that there are new friends to meet and more opportunities for you to sprinkle the "magic" of you around. Your new situation needs you! Sending good thoughts and prayers your way.....it's all going to be OK!

Cougarnana said...

Since I DO know you and have worked with you, I really have NO concerns about how you will be accepted at your new store, and I, too, had to chuckle a little at your comment about "what if they don't like me"...are you kidding!! They will LOVE you and it will take about...oh, a minute. BUT I do know change is hard and about that, you have my sympathy and also having to leave all your good friends but it will be OK, I'm sure of it. Tell Bruce HI for us and we hope he gets to retire soon!!

Anonymous said...

It is not fair at all! I am really going to miss you!!! Things are just not the same with everyone leaving....I guess we will just have to do our 'potluck' dinners more than once a month! It has been great working with you, sharing with you, and having you as a friend - I need to go now because this is just breaking my heart... :( Jessica

Heather and Matthew said...

Karen! What happened? What is going on with your stores in California? Albertsons was taken over in Utah by a completely different company. They are called something completely different. My mom has been all worried about benefits etc. It will all work out, your new store will love you!

russhydefamily said...

Just think of how many new friends you will make. Everyone will love you... how could they not?!!! Good luck with your change.

Housewife Savant said...

I don't care for change either, except for the few instances when I start it, then I expect everyone to play along.
Your work family sounds amazing. NOBODY has this. You are blessed.
Your new coworkers are gonna love you.