two days ago it was my last day at the bookshop.
on the penultimate day, i was just so furious. i let the person whom i couldn’t stand get to me. i was angry at the person but i didn’t let my frustrations out at first. when i couldn’t find my car keys in my tote bag i just snapped. started throwing things out of the bag, cursing at the person while still looking for my car keys and the other colleagues staring at me in shock and fright.
thankfully, the next day made up for all that frustration. i was still in a foul mood for the first few hours. then i eventually lightened up. then i received a really nice surprise.
first, a couple of colleagues gave me a pair of earrings. pink purplish discs with sakura-like flowers. i immediately wore them. then later on, they gave me two envelopes. one was a card in which they wrote their farewell wishes. the other was filled with vouchers from the various bookstores around the city. that truly surprised me! they all gathered around to watch me open the presents. i wasn’t sure if they expected me to cry, haha. i was touched nonetheless. i didn’t expect gifts from everybody and such great gifts at that. then one other colleague gave me a slice of cake from the bakery store in the mall.
then another colleague gave me a whole box of chocolate cupcakes – and she made them herself! that was so incredibly sweet. i went around sharing the cupcakes with other colleagues, and even some people around the mall whom i’ve gotten acquainted with, such as the guy who works at famous amos. i went through a brownie phase and used to buy brownies there, like, three times a week. he always gave me free cookies whenever i pass by to say hi to him, so i thought it would be nice to give him something in return. then he told me to pick a gelato; it was his treat. gosh… my colleagues teased me non-stop when i came back showing off my free gelato.
for the first time ever, i felt cherished at work. i’m really happy that i left on a good note with the colleagues. even the ones i didn’t get along with before, we somehow managed to solve our differences and are cordial with each other if anything.
to be in the centre of attention for a day was something i’m not used to. but i’m so not complaining! third time’s the charm, as they say, and in my third job i do feel as if i made a difference here, even though i’ve only worked for ten months.
despite the shit i had to go through, this job remains one of my most memorable and probably most fulfilling one.