As I begin to clean out many years of memories in this building all alone it is becoming real. A writer I am not, but I’m going to give it my first shot and my last.
I can remember my interview with Norman Van Liew, 42 years ago just like it was yesterday. All dressed in my multi-colored skirt and top with the most precious matching sandals. I was scared half to death facing this tall slender man with a pipe dangling from his mouth. Just hoping for a job until I knew what my future would be. He offered me a receptionist job and I graciously accepted. The first day I called in sick with the measles. He fully understood and I reported to work three days later.
Since the announcement of the closing of The Bolivar Commercial I have heard from so many former employees. It is amazing how many friends and colleagues I have been associated with over the years. During my time I have wed, raised two children, gained two daughter-in-laws and now enjoying my life as “DeDe” to two grandchildren. Kenny and I have made our home in Cleveland and our children are also calling this home. The Cleveland community has always been good to us and I will continue to give back to this community.
A simple thank you would not be adequate for my current staff. They are the true heroes and they have stuck with me until the end. One large family we are. We have celebrated weddings, birthdays, retirement parties, births of children and the going home celebration of many employees.
I wish all of them the best and they will always hold a special place in my heart. I have more stories and memories than I could ever put down on paper.
So now I must focus on moving to the next chapter in my life. I will still be in this community that I dearly love.
Thanks Chief for the opportunity.