Monday, November 29, 2010

A very sad night

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!


sophie...^5 said...

Losing a member of any family is hard on the ol' psyche! A new road is being paved for you Stew and it has new experiences that are going to bring smiles and tears to your least we are here so...let it go and tell us...alll! We're listening...besides me being a dog I'll even snuggle with you...huh huh! ;-)

The Author said...

That was sweet Stew. I think the hardest part for her is not having to move to a different job, but losing her friends. You've all been very good to her over the years and gave her a wonderful sendoff. It'll warm her heart when she finds your post.

I'll miss her relaying all the Stew & Eddie stories :-)

Jabacue said...

Change can be very hard. Especially when it is out of our control. Sign of the times I'm afraid, cut-backs and saving where they (corporate) can. Hang in there Stew.

Stew said...

This was the "Note from the Universe" today, how appropriate.....

There are only miracles, Stew, and to one degree or another they all soothe, pamper, and enrich. However, to avoid blowing too many minds at once, some are disguised as unpleasant surprises, botched circumstances, and twisted acquaintances that can rarely be seen for who or what they truly are until the pendulum has fully swung.
Yes... don't I think of everything?
The Universe

AJ-OAKS said...

Change is always hard to accept. It's like going to your fav store, you see the same faces day in and day out, then one day there is a new face or an old one is gone. Throws one right off. Funny how we become accustom to things and when they are gone we are thrown for a loop.