Thirty-One Years

Wrapping a tidy looking bow around thirty-one years of wonderful work isn’t easy to do. The memories, keepsakes and lives poured onto paper in notes, drawings and artwork, each given as little gifts have stories to tell and are beautiful to hold.  And somewhere between packing and feeling I fumble, between what the heart takes and holds and the boxes still waiting.Kevin Day Every Tuesday (1 of 1)

I have known for a year that this month was coming. I’ve planned and delivered each timeline, each notice, from family to bosses, from parents to children, from media to hiring. And all went according to plan. Yay me.  But when one works in a place that brings comfort and healing to those who are young it’s not okay to look like you’re leaving, to be packed up, to be looking toward elsewhere.

So I nibbled away at the edges, the old yellowed files, the closets, the places unseen and tossed and boxed and remembered all I could carry.

And now being down to the center where lives matter and work lives, I finally heard it yesterday.  With her twelve years of wisdom, said, “Oh…this is not good,” while staring at boxes. “You really are leaving, retiring, whatever you call it, aren’t you?”

And the well rehearsed man did a word dance to comfort and re-teach the lesson and both kept on learning.  Near the end of our session her mother returned with a card and with hugs.

At the doorway the child looking back at the boxes, said, “Would you like help carrying those out to your car?”

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Kevin Lee


Author: Kevin Lee

In a nutshell, Kevin fesses up to the following: He's a retired youth advocate-counselor, a blogger, writer, photographer, rower, Friends Minister, grandpa of six and married to a terrific woman for 43 years and counting!

4 thoughts on “Thirty-One Years”

    1. Hello Gary, Thank you for your comments here! I wish you and your family the best of good health and good luck into the years ahead. Thanks again for taking a moment to comment.

  1. You know how we feel about you. Our family is so much better for having you in our lives. You helped my children acclimate to a huge change in their lives. They are well adjusted, happy productive adults now. In no small part to your guidance. Your shoes will be very hard to fill indeed. Wishing you a long, happy, healthy and productive retirement.

    1. Thank you, Alice, for your generous words….the honor has been and continues to be mine having had the chance to be present to so many young lives, including those in your household back when….! Thanks again.

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