14 days to go before retirement.
Last night my management team held a retirement dinner for me. Such a wonderful evening and such a great team. Incredible food at a beautiful location in the country with dear colleagues and friends. So honoured to have been able to serve with this team.
The gift was a Mont Blanc LeGrand rollerball pen.
For almost 15 years, I carried a Mont Blanc LeGrand with me every single day that I was working. Regardless of location, regardless of business travel, that pen was always with me. I loved the feel, the weight and the quality of such a nice writing instrument.
Then one day I left my pen at the office. I had set it down for some reason, forgot to pick it up and when I returned to the office the next day, it was gone.
I was reluctant to spend the money to buy a new one as it was a very expensive pen and I did life without a Mont Blanc. I know, I know. Such a tough life challenge.
I did miss the LeGrand though and I felt badly about having lost the pen.
My executive assistant knew the story about the lost pen and she helped to decide on this retirement gift with the team.
Such a perfect gift!
I will cherish this pen not because of its feel, weight and quality. I will cherish the pen for the engraving — Best Boss Ever! — and the memories of working with such a fantastic team.
A few more retirement events before I finish in two weeks. And then a new chapter of life begins.
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