Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self. - Cyril Connolly
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Somebody hand me a tissue....
Our Chief Financial Officer has been my mentor, surrogate Dad, and dear friend for over 14 years. He was my CFO at my previous post in Philly, and is largely responsible for recruiting me to Baltimore. He has always shown a special interest in my career, but more importantly, in me as an individual, and I am very, very fond of him. His support and counsel were crucial to me during the last 2 months or so, and a personal recommendation from him sure didn't hurt my chances with the new position to be sure!
I just got the nicest letter a person can receive from him on the occasion of my leaving this position. It is perfect in both tone and content, and it's one of those letters that I will cherish forever. I'm almost tempted to frame it, except for the fact that it's personal in parts, and then there's the fact that I cry every time I read it.
Announcements went out today for the inevitable going away reception next week. I was hoping to avoid one in favor of a Happy Hour for close colleagues at a local watering hole, but I guess I'm going to have to grin and bear it. The Happy Hour thing will happen regardless.