Today will be our first day in our new office facility. While the move may be a good thing for our company as a whole, I cannot help but feel saddened by all of things that I will miss about our old location.
Our old building was set by itself at the end of an apple orchard, surrounded by old apple trees, rhododendron bushes, plantings of irises, a (now overgrown) garden of coreopsis, marigolds, daylilies, a butterfly bush, bleeding hearts, and other flora. The rhododendrons and butterfly bush attracted bumblebees, honeybees, hummingbird bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies. The lawn outside of my window sloped down to the parking lot and driveway, on the other side of which were moonflowers and other vines lining the driveway, giving way in turn to a swampy area. From my window I could watch the local birds, adult and baby turtles, hawks and turkey vultures.
And I will especially miss watching for bunnies outside our ‘front door’, as this pastime was so reminiscent of some of the best times that I enjoyed with our nephew Adam. Any time that I spotted a bunny, I would quickly call Adam’s extension to say “Bunny alert”, to which he would respond “be right there”; then the two of us would just stand inside the doorway for several minutes, while Adam made up little stories about the bunny. But aside from our bunny watching, the old building is where I got to know Adam the adult; his heartaches, his hopes, his humor, and that is what I will miss the most. While the constant daily reminders of his loss were often painful, I feel as though our move to the new building, with the lack of those reminders is almost as much of a loss.
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