5:45 a.m.: My alarm clock went off. I wanted to get up particular early today because it was my last day. It was still dark out… no one was awake yet. I turned on my IBM ThinkPad and took some vitamin while the computer was still booting up. ‘I really like the IBM ThinkPad’ I thought to myself and suddenly felt a little weird that I had to part with this laptop later today… I was not sure if I was excited or anxious or sad. All I knew was that I only have 8 hours left to complete all the tasks I have left. I could see the sky slowly turning white from my living room. I usually worked on my dining room table. I was sitting there alone and I could hear my next door neighbor also getting ready for work.
6:00 a.m.: I was carefully looking at my Outlook calendar. To my surprise, I signed myself up for 2 conference calls this morning. I wonder if they knew today was my last day….? ‘Hum… I probably wouldn’t have enough time to go to the gym today…’
8:00 a.m.: I got off from my last conference call with Europe. I couldn’t remember what the call was about anymore… After the call, the voice from across the ocean wished me luck. ‘Bon Voyage! It was great working with you, Edith!’ ‘I will miss working with you too!’ I said to the phone. After I hanged up the phone, a thought suddenly hit me; this is probably going to be the last time I ever talked to this person again…
9:30 a.m.: I finally finished off my last transition email and hit ‘Send’. It was a relief… All these tasks should be in good hand now.
10:00 a.m.: My drive to the office was lovely. The sun was shining bright. I could see the Alcatraz when I drove across the Golden Gate Bridge. ‘I will miss this drive’ I said to myself. The trees, the mountain and the ocean….
10:30 a.m.: The parking lot was kinda empty as usual. It is Friday after all. I wonder if my boss would be in today.
11:00 a.m.: My boss stopped by my desk: ‘Thank you for sending the transition email Edith. We will miss you.’
12:00 p.m.: My H.R person left me a last minute Blackberry email said she will be late for our exit interview. Well… I guessed I would go to my farewell lunch instead.
12:30 p.m.: Arrived at the golf course restaurant, it was a very nice setting. Today was also my friend, Heather’s last day. We took a nice picture with everyone.
2:00 p.m.: Drafting my farewell email… ‘Today is my last day and it’s with mixed emotions that I write this farewell note. Although I am excited about starting my new adventure, I am sad to leave the group that has dealt with my crap …. I wish you all continued success at work, but more importantly, in life.’
3:30 p.m.: I sent off my farewell email. I wondered if I have missed anyone…
4:00 p.m.: I finally cleaned up my desk. I had 3 big bags of files including the bamboo plant. My boss’ boss stopped by and said goodbye. ‘Do you need any help there?’ ‘Sure.’ I replied. As we were walking down to my car, he said to me ‘I wished you luck and now I could claimed I knew a famous person before she became famous.’ I smiled and said ‘Absolutely!’
That ended my last day in corporate America.
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