My darling actually retired a few weeks ago, but she has gone in a few times to help with the transition. On Friday the company had drinks to celebrate her career and that of our good friend Cheryl who is also retiring after more than 20 years of service. Davy gave a really nice speech, and knowing she wouldn't be able to retaliate too much, even made a few jokes at LK's expense.
They gave her a barnyard of animals as a farewell gift. Well, the critters are going to some people who need them in Africa, and that's what Linda had wanted. Her reasoning is the best thing you can give to someone who has everything they want is to give it to someone who doesn't have anything they need. But they also couldn't resist a personal gift, and I must say Georg Jensen makes some lovely stuff.
The nicest gift, though, was the farewell card the people signed. I have written before about how proud I am of her accomplishments - dozens of awards, editor of the year from several different groups, and all the time building a successful business from the ground up.
But after Friday, I think I am proudest of the things that don't always win you the awards. I will close this with some of the comments in the farewell card. To paraphrase Brooks & Dunn, they're gonna miss her when she's gone.
Thank you for the many wonderful years we have worked together, for all your help and support. It’s been incredible working with you. To say you will be missed is an understatement.
This really is the end of an era. I’ve appreciated all your support, feedback and most of all your sense of humor over the last ten years.
You have been absolutely amazing to work with over the last ten years. Your catchphrase “I have an idea” will be sorely missed in a world where innovation is styled by the 140 characters of a tweet. Thank you so much for your direction and support over the years. I would not be where I am without you.
You have taught me so much and have been a great steering force behind a lot of my ideas. You have helped me so much and I will never forget that.
I know you know how much I love having you in my personal and professional life. You really are the best and I miss you enormously.