Hello, All! Hope you are all doing well today. I missed quite a few prompts and a lot of reading yesterday… So, guess what I’m doing now? LOL!
The wonderful Teresa, of “The Haunted Wordsmith” Non-Fiction Challenge is as follows: Today’s prompt: Ice Cream Memories
I had been working for a company that dealt with rehabilitation and radiology equipment for nearly seven years in the accounts payable department. (This was when I was living in Shirley, New York.
This company was one of two companies that I truly loved working for because it was more or less like being on a TV sitcom. All the characters were the same, but the day to day was always different and a majority of the time we were always laughing. It was a job I looked forward to going to.
Due to the length of time, I was with the company, we all knew each other more so than our families because of the time spent together. We were there during weddings, births, deaths, and birthdays. I especially had an amazing bond with my boss, Elizabeth. To this day, I miss her wit and comical force. We knew how to be a boss/employee at work, but outside of work, we had developed a great friendship.
I should be fair, we were all very close-knit, and I loved these people!
It was shortly after the horrendous attack of 9/11, that my husband and I had split up. The entire group of them were there for me every step of the way. They had all kept me as busy as possible to avoid melting down.
I made several trips back and forth to New Jersey to visit my family over the couple of years that followed my divorce. But, it was in mid-August of 2003, my niece was born. And, it was over the Winter of 2004, that I experienced a flood in my basement apartment. I needed to make a decision… That decision was to move back to be closer to my family in order to be closer to my niece and help out where needed. I sincerely thought it was the best move for me, but years later… That proved to be a sad mistake.
I had given my company not two weeks notice but more like two months notice. I had a lot of responsibilities, some of which no one even knew how to do themselves. So, needless to say, I thought it only fair to stay on until everyone was trained, including my replacement.
During this period of training everyone, I was thrown so many “Good-bye” parties. Luncheons, and Dinners. But one party stood out the most. An Ice Cream Luncheon held by the companies accounts payable/receivable departments.
Every topping imaginable, and at least a minimum of six different flavors of ice cream. It was my last and final day of working for a company I considered home to me. That last party lasted a good portion of that afternoon, and we all ended up feeling rather ill from consuming so much ice cream, but it was so worth all the fun!
Heck, if I hadn’t divorced, I planned on retiring from that company. There was plenty of laughter, and tears that day, mostly between my boss, Elizabeth and I. Heck, saying good-bye to all my friends was so heart wrenching.
Honestly, after everything that has happened with my family over the years since I moved back to New Jersey, I find leaving there was one of my biggest regrets. They were more of a family to me than mine could have ever been. But, it happened. Can’t turn back the hands of time, but I at least have such wonderful memories of that whole place of characters.
Thank you, for reading!