I have to admit that I was not expecting the bitter part of leaving my job. I suppose that because I'm continuing to be a part of the store I thought there would not be any real times of sadness. So wrong. My attempts to prepare the store, and Winniy, for my departure have created a long, bittersweet walk to my last day.
This afternoon I drove my little car to the country roads northwest of Janesville for my last trip to Venus Imports as a buyer for JustGoods. We purchase items from Nepal and India from them and I fell in love with them the very first time I visited. Ron, Maya, Noga, and Bob. Try and keep up; Ron used to be married to Noga, who is originally from Israel but now spends most of the time in Nepal with her boyfriend Shiva. Maya's family heritage is Tibetan, but she, now married to Ron, lives most of her time in the US, spending winter months with her family in Nepal. I'm not sure where Bob came to join this melting pot family, but he fits right in. I have learned so much from these people and was so blessed to be able to see them all today. I love being with them. Their vibe is so open and welcoming. Today little white violets bloomed all over their yard which was just so darn perfect I could hardly stand it.
Bob is quiet and friendly and is only there part time. He is a lesson in patience and detail, and kindness.
Noga taught me all about elephants and life in Nepal. She and Shiva live on the edge of a forest preserve that Shiva's family has tended for generations. Tigers and monkeys and elephants live there.
Noga took this picture of the elephant races near where she lives. When I said I liked it, she gave it to me. She explained to me how she must shoo the elephants out of her garden. I can't imagine. I can hardly think of anything I would love more.
Maya told me all about Ganesh and how, even though he is a Hindu God the Buddhists (Maya is a Buddhist) sort of borrow him. She is a little shy, beautiful, and knows every product they have in the warehouse and how much it costs. Her brain is a computer! She also told me about Tibet and her family in Nepal and how it feels to be an exile. She and Noga were on a selling trip when I arrived today and I feared I would miss them, but as I was going through scarves she came hopping in, clapping her hands like a girl when she saw me. I adore her.
Ron; volumes could be written about Ron. He is a world traveler and his love of the planet and his small part of it is so beautifully evident. His veggie garden is huge and beautiful at the same time, with Tibetan prayer flags flying over it. If I go to visit during harvest I always go home with a bag of beans or tomatoes or whatever is plentiful at the time. There is also an orchard and multiple berry patches and cats roaming or sleeping in the sun. He is so darn cool.
So today was a goodbye of sorts. I told them how they were going to love Winniy and how she has a much better eye for color and fashion and they nodded politely and said how they liked me. They wanted me. It felt so sweet to be there with them and their kindness. Before I left they gave me a gift and I cried.
My very own singing bowl! I'm useless in trying to make it truly sing, but practice, practice. I'll get it. I doubt they have any idea how it much means to me and how I'll treasure it.
This job had allowed me to meet some fascinating people of the world, but none that touched my heart like those at Venus. They have listened to my questions (of which I had like a million) and answered thoughtfully and with generosity. I am so much better having known them and there is no question that I will see them again.
Tomorrow will be my last Saturday to work (that is the sweet part of leaving), then Tuesday and Wednesday and I hand my responsibilities over to Winniy who is more than capable. On Thursday my path will officially be uncharted and I'm ready for that. Even so, it's ok, maybe even appropriate, to be a little sad, right?