The Secret PA: Time to Say Goodbye
My goodness, the time to start my new job is almost here!
The last few weeks have been an interesting experience. It’s been emotional knowing my time with Patty is coming to an end (which I predicted), but it’s also been emotional knowing my time with the company and everyone else who comes with it is coming to an end (which I did not predict).
I’ve come to realise it’s true you don’t truly appreciate what you have until it’s gone. In my case, that feeling’s come in advance, which I’m pleased about – hopefully it will have quelled by the time I actually leave!
It’s been fantastic having the time to train the new me in his role. Billy’s really taken to the position well, instantly earning Patty’s trust, and picking up all duties with minimal fuss. This, in turn, has given me chance to complete all the necessary paperwork, including picking up a fabulous goodbye gift for Patty. I know I know, usually it’s the other way around, but she’s been a fantastic boss, and I can attribute almost all I know to her guidance, so it feels only right.
On my last afternoon, I got a surprise of my own. I was showing Billy how to use our travel booking system, when suddenly the lights our small area of the office went dark. I thought it was a power cut or something, so got up to go and investigate, but was blocked down the hallway by a gaggle of Patty’s team, holding a huge cake with candles. Whilst I was loudly exclaiming that it wasn’t my birthday, they bustled me back into the office, ordered me to make a wish and blow out the candles, then presented me with the most enormous bouquet of flowers I’d seen, alongside a beautifully wrapped parcel.
I won’t lie, a little tear did slip out at the kindness of those around me. I gave a typical leaving speech, hugged what felt like a million people, then went in for one final goodbye with Patty. Safe to say that was a weepy one, after all we’d been through!
Anyway, it’s time to move on and focus on my next role. I have a few days off now before I begin next week, and I’m honestly not too sure what I’m going to do with myself! I may go up and visit my family, take a little R&R in the countryside before it all gets started again – in an even more intense, but undoubtedly exciting, way.
My next update is sure to be a good one… At least I hope so...