I set out to compile a list of people I have to send letters to informing them of my retirement. And it was strange from a lot of vantage points. It was amazing going back to 35 years worth of contacts- a kind of trip down memory lane. I realized how many people I have lost touch with- old colleagues, past clients, vendors, and employees. Names from a very distant past brought smiles to my eyes, as well as tears from many who are no longer living. Roger, Max, Diane, Beth- all indelibly etched in my mind.
Reading all of the contacts made me realize how many people I have worked with. And out of 2785 contacts I decided to send letters to only about 200 people. It seems rather insubstantial. I have always wondered about wedding where 400 people are invited and have often told Dave that I do not think that I even know 400 people that I would invite. Going through the list confirmed my suspicions.
Writing the letters was also a daunting task at first, but once I got started the words started to flow and I felt pretty good about the message that I was putting out there:
I am leaving Grafik in really good shape and in good hands.
I am excited to pursue my art work.
I have been fortunate to have been surrounded by amazing creative people all of my life.
I could not have done this alone.
It took me the better part of the day to finish my task, and I am glad that the house was empty except for my two canine friends. It allowed me time to reflect, shed a few tears, and then march upstairs to the studio and continue to work.