Friday, September 8, 2006

A Drive-By Hallmarking...

So today was Kelly's last day at the office. She will be greatly missed by myself as she was someone I truly enjoyed working with. She has finally had her dreams realized: she has carried a baby to term and is due in only a few short weeks.

Erin and Emily had a little office party for her on Wednesday, which was nice, I suppose. I thought it a bit cliche, but Kelly seemed happy and surprised about it, and no one can fault her for that. It's nice to know that people care, even if you don't give those people who care much thought on any given day, am I right?

A couple of office workers asked her if she would bring the baby in to be shown off after it was born (she is one of the few who didn't want to know what she was having; hence "it" as opposed to him or her). She nodded and such, and I said, "Oh, that's just tacky! Don't do that!" She laughed, but everyone else looked at me like I was the Grinch who stole Happy Thoughts or something. I'll be waiting when everyone returns from lunch to hear, "That was mean!" or "That wasn't nice! Don't you care about Kelly's baby?"

As she was getting into her car in the parking lot, she told me that she didn't have plans to engage in such social awkwardness as showing up where she used to work to show off what she was able to squeeze out of her body. We shared one last laugh before she got into her car and drove off to prepare for Mommyhood.

As I walked back into the office to the breakroom to eat my token two-hotdog lunch with cheese, I saw a small blue card propped up on the counter. It was from Kelly, thanking everyone for their good thoughts and wishes. I asked the fat slob in the breakroom if she had just placed it there, to which he replied through great big gobs of mystery meat and splattering bread crumbs that it had been here when he came in.

I just smiled. She truly is a woman of taste, stature, and character, not to mention a wicked-awesome sense of humor...

She's going to make an awesome mother!

2 comments:

Kelly said...

Awwwww...thanks for the sweet post, Jay.

I finally fired up my Clinton-era computer and got my lazy ass to check email. It only took 12 minutes to get into my in-box. Somehow I like to think my time is more precious than that, but it's probably not.

I will miss talking to you on a daily basis. And don't worry, I STILL don't intend on bringing in baby to the office. I just didn't want to agree with you in front of everyone, but it is a one-way ticket to Tackyville. :) (Oh, and I did think that the effort Emily and Erin put in to say goodbye was very nice.)

I will be sending a pic of the baby when I squeeze it from my body, as you say. Tacky or not, that's how I roll...

Kelly said...

Awwwww...thanks for the sweet post, Jay.

I finally fired up my Clinton-era computer and got my lazy ass to check email. It only took 12 minutes to get into my in-box. Somehow I like to think my time is more precious than that, but it's probably not.

I will miss talking to you on a daily basis. And don't worry, I STILL don't intend on bringing in baby to the office. I just didn't want to agree with you in front of everyone, but it is a one-way ticket to Tackyville. :) (Oh, and I did think that the effort Emily and Erin put in to say goodbye was very nice.)

I will be sending a pic of the baby when I squeeze it from my body, as you say. Tacky or not, that's how I roll...