I've been up here (Alaska) for 4.5 months now. I knew that I would experience homesickness for my family, and whenever that creeps up Jeff gives me big hugs and lets me be sad.
But I didn't expect to have homesickness for my former co-workers.
I started a new job this week. An easy, non-stressful, part time job. I didn't want stress. I didn't want to work full time (because I wanted to be able to continue cooking home-made dinner most nights). So this was perfect.
Problem is, now that I'm there, my old co-workers aren't. No lunches with Colleen & Lois. No whistling from Mark. I'm not hearing Lesley enter the hallway and say "He-ey!" (etc etc etc - I could go on for at least a couple dozen examples) And it all makes me a bit sad.
It's much less boisterous at my new job. Everyone is very nice - don't get me wrong. But as the new girl no one knows me yet so while I get "Hi." and "How are you?" the conversation ends there. I haven't been the new girl in almost 14 years (and when I was the new girl, on my first day, someone came to my office and said "Who's my new friend?") so I had forgotten how it feels.
So the next time there is a new person where you work, go the extra mile for him/her, knowing that they just might be a little homesick for old coworkers.
Thanks for reading.
Oh, and here's a view from my office window: