I chose this passage from Pilgrim at Tinker Creek not because it contains any specific wisdom that I feel pertains to my life this evening. I chose it because it's lovely, poetic. And it's about night, reduction, shedding, sloughing off the skin of day.
Today was my last full day at the cardiology office. On Monday, I begin a new chapter, or an old chapter, depending on how you look at it. I'm returning to the job I held for close to 17 years. I will be working with one of my best friends of close to 25 years. Of course, I'm leaving a job where I've made some really good friends, as well. So, tonight is both happy and sad, like most situations in life.
After work, I went out for drinks with a couple of my friends from the cardiology office. One is a young woman with whom I've worked five days a week for the past two years. I will miss her a great deal. She's a young, single mother, and she got me. Laughed at my jokes. Read books I gave her. Let me read her poetry. And she saw me through one of the most difficult times of my life--my sister's death.
So, I leave friends behind, and I return to friends.
Saint Marty has been blessed with friendship his whole life.
|My best friend at the cardiology office thought this was hilarious . . .|