Welcome

by tamarjacobson

Quote of the day:

No matter what our troubles, when the earth turns on its axis one more time and we see what appears to be the sun rising, I feel it’s the universe calling for a change in ourselves. You have one more day. Rise with it! Oprah Winfrey

Yesterday I opened the door of my new office. It was time to unpack my boxes of books and hang pictures on the wall. Feeling a bit anxious about the work that awaited me, I must admit I was a bit reluctant even though T. was standing right beside me armed with a fully prepared tool box.

After switching on the light and becoming acquainted with the freshly painted walls of my new digs, I noticed a burgundy colored paper bag sitting in front of the computer screen. Attached to it was a note with "Welcome!" written as clearly as could be. "First things first," I thought to myself, as I opened the bag to find a large college mug, emblem on the side, ready for my first cup of coffee. I could not believe that the Department Chair had taken the trouble to leave me a surprise gift before he headed out for his vacation. Welcoming indeed!

All of a sudden I had all kinds of energy and before we knew it, the office was up and running, posters and pictures all measured, lined up and hanging just right … just the way T. loves to do things. Books all in rows on the shelf.

Such a small act of kindness, but one that meant so much to me. It reminded me of my first day at my last job when I reached into my mailbox and found a card nestling there welcomely. It had come all the way from England, from a blogger friend who had taken the trouble, unbeknown to me, to find out the address, greet me, and wish me luck first thing, somehow knowing how fearful and excited I truly was.

I switched out the light and closed the door breathing a sigh of relief. "it will be all right," I thought, "Everything will be all right."

Now I cannot wait to return to work. New office, computer, pictures on the wall, books all in rows, and … a fine new coffee mug waiting right there to welcome me.