Wrist Watch – A leaving present from EDS

Today is the day I said goodbye to my colleagues at EDS. Although tomorrow is my last day, I will spend most of it ‘on the road’ taking equipment back to Cheadle and back to Blackpool. As a result of that, it was today that I said goodbye to them and they said goodbye to me.

At about 10 O’clock this morning one of my colleagues from the Cheadle office arrived at the door with various items for me. Included in this was a package with instructions not to open it. At five this afternoon I joined a teleconference, the purpose of which was for the team to say goodbye. This may seem a very strange way to do it, but when you realise that I work from home and my colleagues are all around the world. There really is no other way.

A few words from one of my colleagues and I was told I could open the package that had been delivered earlier. A leaving card which been around the world and back for people to sign and a watch.

I’ve sent an email to my colleagues and set my Out Of Office message. As I write this, I’m clearing data off my PC ready to disconnect it. Leaving paid employment and going freelance suddenly feels very, very real. Ann asked me how I felt – I guess I am sad to be leaving EDS, there are a lot of things I won’t miss. But I will miss the friends I’ve made. Thirteen years is a long time. I hope I will be able to keep in touch.

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