Work in Progress

Image of an office telephone alongside a pink tablet of While You Were Out slips.Nothing is forever. Change is inevitable. Businesses fail. People retire. People move. My office is closing.

Over the years, I got used to the low stairwell ceiling and the faulty plumbing of this old bank building. The ding-dong of the door chime when someone stood before the entryway. The mannerisms of people who visited more than once. I watched as new mail carriers seasoned and lost weight instead of losing letters. I greeted various delivery people and signed for lots of packages. I witnessed machines wear out and be replaced while the water jugs emptied one cup at a time.

Payments were entered. Statements were sent. Lawsuits were filed. Deals were made. Court cases were closed. I typed in three different wheeled-chairs behind two different desks. ZoomText stayed with me. On neon sticky notes I wrote down endless passwords. I faxed and copied and scanned and filed. I fought with filing cabinets and staple removers.

Most days, I brought lunch in. Sandwiches aren’t glamorous, but they get the job done. I mastered using the microwave and fishing out what I needed from the catch-all drawer of utensils and condiment packets. I celebrated birthdays. I commiserated losses. I watered the plants.

When the workday ended, I caught the bus. I caught the bus in the wind and the rain, the sun and the heat. I waited when the bus ran late. I lived through construction reroutes, many operator rotations, and recognized more than a few riders by their style or voice. It was never a dull journey, that’s for sure.

I won’t have to deal with yellers over the phone or smelly pipe backups or lost shoppers looking for the jewelry store around here anymore. My office is closing. What’s next?


6 Comments Add yours

  1. Anonymous says:

    Good luck Susan….whatever your next adventure is I’m certain you will do well!!

  2. Casee says:

    Whatever comes next you will master it with grace, humor and your courage. Best wishes on the next stop on your journey.

  3. Change is definitely the only constant in life, and for some reason it’s still hard. I’ll be thinking of you and hoping you land on your feet in a grand new adventure.

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