How do you say goodbye to the people you love?
Goodbye's are so hard. Today I went to work and told multiple clients that I work with that I am leaving. Every client that I work with has some type of developmental disability, so you can probably imagine how much my heart melted as I told each of them that I was leaving Utah. One client in particular had a pretty hard time with it. As I told him that I would be leaving, he looked at me and said, "but why would you do that? Are you going to at least come and visit?" Then he wiped a tear from his face and pulled his hat over his face. All I wanted to do in that moment was hug him and cry with him, but I tried to be strong and told him that everything would be okay. He then looked at me and told me that two staff that had worked with him had recently left and then he said, "now you." How do you respond to a sweet old man telling you that?! Heart jerker for sure. Luckily, about five minutes later, he forgave me and we were able to get past the emotional struggle.
I love the clients that I work with. I would not trade anything in the world for this last year that I spent with them. They have truly touched my life forever. I will cherish the memories that I have had over this past year and remember how good my life is because of them.