Thursday, July 23, 2009

A sign of thanks.....

Watercolor with ink on watercolor paper - 4 1/4" x 6" (NFS)

Our supervisor gathered us on our last day and asked that we follow her. "I wanted to show my thanks," she said, herding the three of us down the narrow hall.

To our surprise, the small back room, once used for storage and books was now filled with tons of food and a banner hanging overhead saying how much we'll be missed.

My coworkers threw the three of us in our department that were being laid off a surprise farewell party at work!

There was soooo much to eat! Pizza, spaghetti, chicken, salad, chips, fresh fruit, cake, pie. And the staff took the time to individually sign a card for each of us. To top it all off, we were given a cash gift!

In all, our department must've spent close to $600 for the entire event last week! Wow!! We sure did feel appreciated after that.

Needless to say, a store-bought greeting card would NOT do. I folded a small piece of watercolor paper in half, painted the outside, and wrote my words of appreciation on the inside.

A butterfly seemed an appropriate choice for some reason. Maybe it's an excuse to use a lot of colors. In any case I wanted my department to know how much that send-off meant to me, putting as much detail in the wings as I could.

The thank you card was lovingly mailed this morning. Hope they like it!


Dolores said...

What a beautiful card send from the heart.

naturgesetz said...

I'm sure they'll love it. What a nice gesture on your part. And it was really good of them to give you folks the farewell party.

light208 said...

They certainly should, it's simply stunning.

I hope things are looking up for you.

MartininBroda said...

It’s really kind they make this farewell party for you. I’m just embiggened the picture. It’s impressive how the dark rounded the luminous. (spellchecker says “embiggen” is wrong but seems one can use it :-)

Meeko Fabulous said...

You should teach. I would love to learn how to do stuff like that.

Gwen Bell said...

How wonderful! I know it stinks getting laid off but at least you know they really appreciated you and hated to let you go.

Your parting gift was perfect. Really beautiful, Dean. I love the butterfly itself, but like the background swirls equally well. Just great!

Mona Diane Conner said...

Dean, what a lovely surprise from your co-workers, and your butterfly is sure to be a winning thank-you as well.

Dean Grey said...





Yes, it was really nice of them to throw the farewell party for us!



Thank you as well!



I wanted there to be a nice balance of light against darks. Glad you noticed!



Me a teacher? One day......who knows!



The background "swirls" were meant to be light emanating from the butterfly's wings.



I agree!


I appreciate everyone chiming in!


Kathleen Coy said...

Dean! It's beautiful!!!
It totally makes me want to hire you, then fire you, then throw you a going away party, just so you will paint me one too! :-)

Carolina said...

Wow, Dean, great story. I'm so glad for that farewell party, what a nice detail from your supervisor and co-worker friends.
And your thank you card is a real art piece, I think they'll love it, just as I do.
Best regards,

Dean Grey said...


Your comment made me smile. (^_^)



Thank you!


I appreciate hearing from you two ladies!


Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

OMG Dean, how could they NOT love it? I'm certain they will miss you. And it was so nice that you made the card yourself... Beautiful..

Dean Grey said...

Thank you, Kelley!


stanw said...

Dean, you sure are talented. That painting took my breath away, so beautiful. What a surprise it must of been to have such a farewell party.
A quite a while ago when looking for a card to send someone for a particular occasion I was frustrated to not find one that said anything meaningful and particularly pertinent, so from thereon I started making my own and wow the compliments I got. Keep doing that, awesome.

Dean Grey said...

Glad you like the look of my card, Stan!

I agree, there's nothing more meaningful than a handmade card!