From a certain uncertainty to a certain Hope, this was written with thoughts of Loren and Betty, and Scott and Jennifer. Gentlemen, start your engines. It’s gotta be time soon.
It’s been the beginning of the end for a long time now.
Seems everything I’ve done lately has been the last.
The last file jacket I set up for a new claim.
The last statement I took from a witness.
The last settlement I negotiated with an attorney.
The last mediation statement I drafted.
I traveled last week, charged with the bittersweet task of training the last of the new employees to take over my work.
I returned today to find lights out in a few more cubicles. A dumpster stands outside my door, overflowing with outdated manuals and unwanted reference books. Eery silence and the occasional echo replace the voices and bustle that drove me to distraction just weeks ago.