It is my last day here at Wash U, and I’m pretty much out of things to do. I’ve shared all of my knowledge with the people who need to know it. For the most part anyway. I’ve cleaned off my desk. I’ve cleaned off my computer. I am ready to vacate.
And I’m left with very mixed feelings. This place has been my home away from home for the last 6 years. I even thought of it as home when I was in New York. But leaving now has a very final feeling to it. And end of an era sort of feeling.
Not that I don’t remember why I’m leaving. The reasons for moving on are just as strong as ever. And I’m excited about going to a new place and starting new things. I just don’t handle change well, and this is a very, very big change.
Mostly I’m going to miss Phil and Kelly, but I’m also going to miss all the memories I have of working here for a very long time. And that is sad, and worthy of a moment of pause.