Last week we hosted a series of events to celebrate the “launch” of one of our Product Buyers into “Retirement-land”, after 25 years with Swimco. We all agreed that the word “retirement” has a negative (old) connotation and that “launch” is much more appropriate, as Pat enters this exciting new phase of her life.
We held a special luncheon in Pat’s honour with our office staff, Store Managers, and others who have worked with Pat over the years. There was also a delicious surprise dinner at Muse restaurant in Calgary, with many of Pat’s friends from the swimwear industry. We talked about how lucky we are to be in a business in which such great friends can be made; both in our own company and with our suppliers.
I think the mood in our office today is as if something is missing or not quite right. At least I know I’m feeling that way. As excited as I am for Pat, it’s bittersweet, as she will be missed. After all, Pat and I shared our world for 25 years. That’s a long time!
So here I am today, still at it, pondering what I will do when I “launch”, and when that will be…