Friday, June 01, 2007

Carmi has left the building

Had an interesting day at work today. After giving my notice a couple of weeks ago (click here if you're just joining the fun), I started in motion a chain of events that led up to today, my last day as a full-time employee of Info-Tech.

My wife came by the office at the end of the day after picking up our two youngest at school. Of course, they wanted to come into the building to see it for one last time. They wandered upstairs with me and helped me carry the last couple of armfuls of things from my office. The "I love you, Dad" mousepad that my son had made me a couple of years back was the last thing I picked up. He said he was glad that I used it, and glad that I was bringing it home to my "new" office.

We said our last good-byes, my soon-to-be-former colleagues smiling at the sight of two munchkins who sorta looked like me. Their voices echoed through the usually corporate surroundings, adding a small touch of innocence to a place that's usually home to intense work and focus.

As we walked out of the building, they waved goodbye to it, their voices echoing off of the grand columns of the lovingly restored mansion. It may have been my name on the employee's list, but in the end this transition is as much theirs as it is mine. May our journey always be charmed, and may I always be able to find the wisdom to guide my family on its journey.

Your turn: How should I spend the weekend?

Update from the world of media: Tekrati is reporting my departure in this entry: Carmi Levy departs Info-Tech Research Group. Neat!

20 comments:

Awareness said...

How should you spend your weekend? Hanging out!

A toast to you Carmi! Your steps in this direction are inspiring....

TeaMouse said...

Hi Carmi, Michele sent me so I'm popping over to say hello.

kenju said...

" ....this transition is as much theirs as it is mine."

Carmi, so many fathers don't realize that, and they make decisions about their work life without considering how it will have an impact on their family life. You are one in a million! Good for you. This weekend, you should just enjoy your family.

Sarch said...

Well Carmi, something tells me you won't have any problem figuring out how to enjoy the weekend. A chapter closes....a chapter begins.

Your view on life is refreshing my friend.

jac said...

dude.........i am so seriously out of the carmi loop! congratulations on the new phase and the new journey you are embarking upon. i like that your family is acknowledged as being both a part of the change and being affected by the change. smart dude you are....but we knew that already!

spend the weekend savoring the beautiful family that you have.

PI said...

Carmi at Michele's you said you couldn't sleep which is understandable when you have just made a life change. Maybe if you spend some time thinking about the reasons why you came to this decision and about the last few years you spent in the job and then really say goodbye to all that so you can move on without too many backward glances.
And then throw out all the old baggage take a deep breath and prepare to enjoy this new chapter with your family. Good luck!xoxox

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Well, this was quite a milstone day, wasn't it Carmi? I know as much as you want to make this change there has to be a certain amount of "seperation anxiety"...if nothing else, saying goodbye to your collegues...must be a double edged thing. But, now, a new page in the Book Of Carmi! Very very exciting!
What should you do this weekend? Play with the family, have a Bar-B-Q, or a Picnic. Play games, go out to dinner with your dear wife...
Enjoy your family and all that That means. Congratulations on this big step and much good luck, my dear....!

chase said...

Congrats on the new transition in life. Change is always good for both the body, mind and spirit!

talj said...

WOW! Just catching up on the 'Life of Carmi'! Way to go on taking the next step in your career, I really wish all the best in everything you do!

Now, the weekend...enjoy the little munchkins and your family time! Have fun, relax and smile :o)

{{{HUGS}}} :o)

Karen said...

Hi Carmi! I saw your comment on Michele's and had to stop by and find out what's going on. Congrats on your new job and your big change. I'm sure it's a little scary, but I have no doubt you'll skyrocket to great success.

I also have no doubt that you'll know what to do this weekend. Something with your family, of course. Perhaps something to celebrate the change that will allow you to be with them more often. An amusement park? A drive to see something fun? Go wild!

Congrats again. Michele sorta sent me, but as you know, I pop in and out regularly!

utenzi said...

You just missed me at Michele's Carmi. Darn!

My guess it that you'll spend some of the weekend blogging on the computer---but eventually your wife and kids will pry you away. :-)

It is so great that your success has allowed you to make this break from the traditional work world, Carmi. You're an inspiration to the rest of us! Have a great time working the tech world on your own terms.

Miss Frou Frou said...

Hi, Michele sent me... congrats on the new job, having had 2 new jobs in the last 10 months, leaving is always a difficult thing to do... but new jobs are also opportunities for new challenges.

What should you do over the weekend: as little as possible!

Paul said...

Many, many best wishes to you and your career. Looking forward to the next 'chapter.'

I appreciate that you mentioned your kids' attachment to your work and workplace. That's quite special.

Here from Michele's.

Ms Mac said...

Spoil yer wife- she's lovely!

TwoSirius said...

Congratulations!!

You should DEFINITELY spend the weekend taking pictures. And posting them here. You know, not because I want to LOOK at them or anything...it's totally not about me... :)

Terri said...

I have a feeling that was a day your kids will never forget. Wishing you all the best on your new venture.
And the weekend....chill out, relax and just enjoy. (with your camera, of course)

tommiea said...

Enjoy this weekend as a celebration....a new beginning for you as well as your family.

Since we move so often, (thanks Uncle Sam) an older very wise military wife once told me, "You never know what your next duty station will be or who will be your next best girlfriend."

It really put into perspective these last ten years.

As for celebrating, we are having cake this weekend....it is my little boy's fourth b'day!

jadedprimadonna said...

Congratulations on moving into this new phase of your life!

I think you should do something cool with your wife and kids. It's hard for ME to say what. I say you ask your kids. Let them tell you how they want to celebrate. =o)

Sandy said...

Carmi, I'm just catching up but didn't want to miss the chance to say congratulations and good luck with the new job. The best time to move to the next phase is always when you don't have to do so. It's on your terms completely.

I've worked with too many people that never realize the balance is more important than current desk they occupy. Good for you AND good for your partners in this life - family really is a partnership isn't it. It's not "me and them" it's "us." It takes a wise man to see that.

CG said...

You made a brave decision and I wish you lots and lots of luck!!