My last day on the job was spent like the previous two:
and painting the exterior of The RE Store in preparation for Saturday's
UNVEILING. I wasn't alone. There were eleven of us there
Jeremy, Joel, Marty, Caley, Courtenay, me, Taylor, Sebastian, John,
Noel--everybody working at their things, some times together, other times
individually, everyone busy in waves.
After one impermeable layer and two coats of mineral spirits-soluble varnish,
the mural was ready to be hung on the
substructure designed to support 8
through rain, wind, and earthquake (or
nine RE Store
employees climbing on it). As the first panel was being hung, it
started to rain really hard,
big cold drops
left over from winter. By the time the eighth was
into place from atop a pulled-to box truck, the sun was brilliant in the
sky and we stood admiring the mural for a while before
hoisting up the tarp
which will cover it until Saturday.
It was a nice note on which to leave for sabbatical. We drank beers in the
parking lot after work (except for John who is two and a half days into a
10-day cleansing fast). After a while everyone but Noel and Marty left. We
lounged on a recently arrived living room set in the showroom (the brown
leather couch to which Noel and Lynn had just bought). Oscar (a she), the
more aloof of the two store cats, came and sat in my lap for the first time
ever. I think it was her way of saying goodbye. Cats sense these things.
She fell asleep in my lap. Everyone else left. I petted her. She purred.
But I was late for meeting Sarah so I finally had to move her off my lap.
I hate to do that.
(One of our house rules is if a cat is sitting on you, you can't move and
others must serve you.)
Wherever I go, I have trouble leaving. I kind of force myself to, and in
the end I'm glad I do....