As a second job, I am a midnight manager for a well known pharmacy. For the past four years that I have been there, we have enjoyed the company, overnight, of our dedicated pharmacist. Both Shelly and Steve worked some crazy hours. Their shifts were 12 hours for 7 days straight with a week off between. Basically working two weeks worth of time in one week. They have been there for all the people that have needed them for all these years in the middle of the night. Unlike the daytime pharmacist, they work alone. No techs to help them out.
Over the years we've become very good friends and have come to count on each other to always be there.
Suddenly, without any warning, our corporate people decided to close our pharmacy at night. The store is still open. But no pharmacy. Last night was the first night with the pharmacy being closed. It was a very strange. First we had to located the keys to lock up and get everything closed. Then the gates came down for the first time in 9 years. I can't tell you how many times I wanted to go over and say something to Shelly. But she wasn't there. :(
The night before, we threw an impromptu party for our favorite pharmacist to wish her the best in her new position at another store. We all cried. It will never be the same and defiantly feels like a completely different store without them there.
I suppose we will get used to it. But let it be known, we are not happy about it.
Good Luck out there Shelly, we will miss you!