Today was rather unsettling; things changing and people moving on causing a tinge of sadness all round.

The funeral service of one of Mr C’s closest friends took place. I still find it difficult to take in the reality as he was so young and full of life. Rest in peace Bri I raise a glass to you.

As the evening twilight fades away the sky is filled with stars invisible by day.


Martin's Klooster

Today also saw the departure of two of my work colleagues to pastures new due to restructuring of our organisation. One of those colleagues currently sat close to me and was a live wire inspiring everyone he came into contact with. He had only been working with us for a year and didn’t want to leave but his contract was due to expire and he had to plan for his family and future.

My other colleague is leaving on a voluntary early release scheme. She started working for the organisation the same year as I did. It seems like a lifetime ago now as I look back over all those years. I am sure we will keep in touch and I will be seeing her on the longstanding annual London trip in November.

The three goodbyes led to hugs and tears along the way…


18 Comments CherryPie on Sep 3rd 2015

18 Responses to “Three Goodbyes”

  1. ....peter:) says:

    i raise a glass to Bri as well Cherie… that is a nice tribute to have lost someone this young.

    about saying goodbye to friends that you have worked with i find it also difficult…
    i love the image of the clods with the sun flares going up into the heavens….peter:)

    • CherryPie says:

      Thank you Peter :-)

      The cloud picture is significant in that it was taken on a works educational team building visit. The longstanding colleague was part of the team that went on the trip.

  2. james higham says:

    He was and is in good hands.

  3. Anne says:

    Hello CherryPie, so sorry to read about your young friend who was taken too early. RIP , I hope you keep intouch with your friend, sure you will. x

  4. Amfortas says:

    One looks back on so many people who have gone their way; some we cannot yet follow. But we honour them in that wonderful facility of the Soul, Memory. We keep even their bones warm in our hearts. Those who have simply departed our small place and time, to move elsewhere, to do other things, perhaps we shall meet again, and have such a lot of catching-up to do . Our lives are intertwined.

    • CherryPie says:

      Thank you :-) I know what you mean about people moving on an their paths crossing again later. It happens quite a lot and unexpectedly in some cases.

      I don’t know if it because of the work that we do or if it is for some other reason but most of the people who work there feel like family. Colleagues go out of the way to help each other out. People who come in from other workplaces comment on how friendly and helpful everyone is. I should count myself lucky :-)

  5. lisl says:

    I see you finish this sad story with clouds with a silver lining. Life goes on, and it is good that you will still be in contact with your long-standing colleague

    • CherryPie says:

      As I mentioned in a comment above the photo was taken on a work trip that I shared with my longstanding colleague. I thought it fitting for the post :-)

  6. Alan says:

    Lisl sums this up well for me. It makes you realise just how much you need to cherish each moment you have together.

  7. Astrid says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I read the comments. It is important to live in the moment and enjoy and cherish and don’t take it for granted. We get older and people our age die, this makes you realize that we are not invincible. It can happen to us too.
    Alan puts it down nicely.

  8. I’m sorry to hear that.

  9. Steve Hayes says:

    One goodbye is bad enough, but three at once is really sad.