Well, it happened, the day I was dreading. Yesterday was Nancy's last day at commuknity. We knew it was going to be sad and as the day wore on and the reality of her leaving set in we tried to make the best of it. It didn't help that there were myriad technical issues that spoiled the day, despite the fact that it was our second best sales day ever. Nancy has been an incredible source of support and joy in my life from the moment we met via email when I helped her over her champagne hang over lo these many months ago. When she agreed to be the assistant manager for the store I was so overjoyed that I actually jumped up and down and did a happy dance for 10 minutes straight. Now she's Arizona bound with a new job in her future and while I am happy for her to be doing what is right for her and Sean, it grieves me to see her go. I'm going to miss her smartass way of whispering random numbers at me when I'm trying to count stitches and the friendly competition for who gets to take what yarn home. It's been a blessing to have her in my life and I just have to remind myself that she's not out of my life now that she's moving, she's just farther away. I sure am going to miss you, kiddo!
Fortunately I'm not totally bereft, since I have the darling Erin to fill Nancy's shoes (not that anyone could). Erin is also a delight and a perfect fit for the store. I just knew from the minute I met her - and immediately offered her a job - that we'd make a great team. So we are the dynamic duo. Two leggy brunettes running the show. Ain't it grand!
The rest of life hums along, as it does. Most of my days are spent at the store, playing with yarn one way or another. It's such a dynamic environment. New arrivals appear nearly every day - thanks to Nick, the cute UPS guy - and yarn gets rearranged to make way for the new stuff. Classes are started now and I'm taking a turn at teaching a beginning lace class in July. Meanwhile there are just bursts of creativity all over the place. It's so inspiring to see our customers and their projects blossoming! There's nothing I'd rather be doing than this. Could it be I've finally found it? For years I heard that phrase, "Follow your bliss," and scoffed. The cynic in me didn't believe it was possible, yet here I am in this beautiful store doing what I so love and I am ecstatic with joy even on the really hard days. How blessed am I.