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25 November 2011 @ 05:44 pm
Today was actually lovely, despite my sincere hate for the day. I have always hated Thanksgiving. I used to get sick on it every year and my mother used to say my body was objecting to the holiday as much as my mind was. But it was nice to be with family I haven't seen in years, including my nephew Sean who is like 12 feet tall now, I swear. Even my step-sister who can be a Sourface McFussypants was in pleasant spirits. She actually seemed interested in my life. SHOCKER. And my nieces were good, amusing fun as always.

Then I came back online and found out my former boss, Doreen, passed away today. I worked under her in Australia and we had our ups and downs, but that was because she knew I was capable of awesomeness. So when I wasn't being awesome, she informed me. And bless her for it. When I said I might want to move, she supported me every single step of the way. She helped me apply, she sent a glowing letter of recommendation along, she checked in with me every day to see how I was doing with the decision since it was a pretty big one... She let Lewi and me housesit while she was on vacation once so we could get out of his parents house for a week. She treated me like I mattered and frankly, sometimes in Australia I needed to know that since Lewi and only a few others ever did. And she had no reason to go out of her way for me. She just did. She was a damn classy lady. I am so sad to know I'll never see her again. Not only was she classy, she was hilarious and fun.

When I got accepted to University of Canterbury, she cried and hugged me. She made everyone applaud me when I left. She made work feel like a second home. She was amazing and she will be so missed.
Current Mood: crushedcrushed
Amandaspiffanda on November 26th, 2011 02:58 am (UTC)
Aw I am so sorry to hear about your former boss! How sad :(

Veridianveridian_sylph on November 26th, 2011 08:31 am (UTC)
I am sad for your loss, but so glad for you that you got to meet such a wonderful person. What an inspiration she must have been. The world needs more people like her. *hugs*
Raenphfa on November 27th, 2011 01:35 pm (UTC)
Everything you ever told me about her made her sound like an incredible woman. I'm sorry she passed away. I'm sorry I'm not there to hug you.

I know you already know it but I just wanted to say that you matter to me, a lot <3

And I'm glad Thanksgiving didn't suck!
athenarising on November 28th, 2011 02:06 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry about your friend. It's hard to hear about that kind of thing in such a removed way.

I'm glad racism day went well!! I've been not really nervous, but somewhat curious (when I've had time to think at all, which hasn't been much), to see how combining the families for Christmas will be. We haven't been out there since college for xmas. I'm so excited to get there!