Farewell Lunch

We will be having a farewell lunch for one of my coworkers today. I hate the reason why she’s leaving, but I understand. She stood up for her principles, and the university went against her. It’s been an infuriating sequence of events. I did all I could to keep her here, but it wasn’t enough. She’s going to be very difficult to replace at the museum. She won’t even be staying in Vermont. She’s moving back down South to be near her family.

I will miss her when she’s gone. She’s been a great friend to me while I’ve been here. She welcomed me when I first came to Vermont, and she’s done her best to make me feel at home up here. Whether that was having me for Easter or Thanksgiving or making fried green tomatoes together, she’s always brought a little of the good parts of the South to Vermont. She always had some sweet tea for me when I’d go to her house. I really will miss her. She’s irreplaceable as a friend.

About Joe

I began my life in the South and for five years lived as a closeted teacher, but am now making a new life for myself as an oral historian in New England. I think my life will work out the way it was always meant to be. That doesn't mean there won't be ups and downs; that's all part of life. It means I just have to be patient. I feel like October 7, 2015 is my new birthday. It's a beginning filled with great hope. It's a second chance to live my life…not anyone else's. My profile picture is "David and Me," 2001 painting by artist Steve Walker. It happens to be one of my favorite modern gay art pieces. View all posts by Joe

One response to “Farewell Lunch

  • Steve

    What a sad situation. I’m glad there are people who still live principal-driven lives. The good thing is that although apart, friendship can be maintained. I’m sorry for this additional loss and frustration for you in your life and work.

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