A lot can happen in a year.
Last November, I started a new job as an educator in a home care agency. The field of home care was a whole new world for me, and I’ve spent the past twelve months learning all about it at warp speed. I love my new role, and see the impact of the work that I do daily.
But more than that, I love the people that I work with.
This Thanksgiving day finds me at home, reflecting on the things that I’m thankful for. At the forefront of my mind is the wonderful group of people that I spend 40+ hours with each week, but won’t be seeing today, because our office is closed. They’re my other family.
My work family.
Last year, about this time, I wandered into my first staff meeting at my new job, feeling thoroughly dazed and confused as the newcomer. I remember looking around the room at the sea of new faces, engaged in happy chatter about patients who were improving, the upcoming holiday banquet at work, and their plans for time off to spend with their own families. I felt like an outsider looking in. I wasn’t part of the family yet. I didn’t belong.
But how quickly that changed.
How quickly they took me in, and made me one of their own.
And I just want to thank them. All of them. And a few individuals in particular:
Alex – in such a short time, you have become one of my dearest and most trusted friends. What a wonderful thing to know that you’ve got my back – on or off the clock. I don’t know what I’d do without you.
Patty, Connie and Karen – you are some of the finest leaders and mentors that I’ve ever had the privilege of working with. I’m proud to be a part of your team, and thankful for all that I’ve learned – and continue to learn – from each of you.
Lorraine and Donna – both of you make me laugh every day. If ever I’m feeling down, five minutes of talking with you lifts my spirits and I’m ready to take on the world again.
Bill – I admire you more than you’ll ever know. You’re my favorite clinician to ride out into the field with! The way you care for your patients and their families is the gold standard for what every home care professional should strive toward. And this is why we use the heck out of you as a preceptor for new staff – because you’re simply the best. I appreciate you so much!
Annette – your smiling face is usually the first thing I see in the morning when I arrive, and it sets the tone for my whole day. I am glad to work with you!
Brittany – You’re a joy to work with. It was a privilege to be with you every step of the way throughout your pregnancy – to be among the first to hear the news that you were expecting; to watch your little fellow move around in your belly after a spicy lunch at Theo’s, and to be among the first to get the news that he had finally arrived. I’m honored to be one of his “aunties” and thankful that his mommy is part of my work family.
My work family.
I’m so thankful to call you mine, and I love you all.
Grace and peace to you this holiday season, and thank you all so much for taking me under your wings and making me a part of your team over the past year.