Sunday, November 14, 2010
The first picture of the gold coin exemplifies, in one humble offering the purpose and meaning of my life's work. Skipp and I hung on his every word as he approached me and said. "I have something to give you...........you see, I received my ten-year gold recovery coin a few weeks ago. I shared my story and I told them my recovery began with you - I have a life because of you so I want to give you this coin...." He placed it in my hand and Skipp and I burst in to tears. We all hugged forever. Over 10 years ago he was one of my first clients when I was the Halfway House Manager and he has been 'clean' ever since and has been a counselor assistant for over seven years.
The next picture is of the 'group gifts' from my co-workers. The book is a "Gail's Memories" book that Ashley (whom I/we lovingly call Sophie-Lennon) created and designed. It is filled with written memories that dozens of my co-workers have of me that they hold dear. I laughed and cried at each wonderful entry. The glass globe has butterflies in it which is Rushford's insignia and it has an engraving which reads
"Gail, for all those to whom you have given a voice we thank you. Love, your Rushford family" .
Next, my beautiful cake and me with my cake. It was a strawberry short cake. Delicious.
Then, me and Skipp - He was so emotional, proud and overflowing with and for me.
Next, a hug - one of many.
Then, Ashley (Sophie-Lennon) and Tina. Two of my dearest friends and two of the three party planners. Ashley was once my intern.
On to Rosann - the other party planner. She and I go back over 10 years as co-workers and friends. She even gave a speech, a "roast" of sorts. I was thrilled.
And last, a picture of 'the gathering' - folks having fun. :-)
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