|Anyone who cooks and shops knows this is the uniform of Williams Sonoma.|
My Williams Sonoma family and I were told that our store would be closing. The close out sale starts next week. Breathe.
This was not some job for me. This is my second family. We are a cast of characters that have been together for over 16 years, this is my 17th Christmas with WS. Hopefully some of us will be placed at the local outlet. For some, this will be the end. That's when my chest hurts. I don't want to leave. To put this in perspective: When I started, Christina was in Pre-School, today she is halfway through Junior year of COLLEGE. See what I mean. Breathe.
|I made these for a corporate visit last year.|
|Grande Cuisine. Most people don't know what this symbol means.|
I don't know what will happen. We go day to day. But when I was all teary talking to Christina, she said, "Mom, look at it as a new chapter". She's right. (Hopefully not a whole new book!) But it is a new chapter. It's going to hurt long after the doors are locked and a new business opens there, but it also feels okay, sort of. It feels great to know I have worked side by side with so many amazing people. I have learned so much about business, cooking, retail, and people along the way. I learned people will surprise you everyday if you open your heart. I have been hurt too, that goes hand in hand. The unhappy customers (one made me cry), the thief, the snotty brides (few and far between, but my land, mean!). But when you hold a job, any job, heck, even a marriage for 16+ years, there is something you just can't walk away from. And that is the imprint of all those years and all those people. I am a better person because of every single day I worked there. My new chapter is unnamed as of yet. But it's mine, and I will do my best to make is as good as the last, long one.