I was totally unaware that the last time I would work was that meeting in January to introduce us to our potential new employer. I was never given a termination date. After the third consecutive week of being told that Mr. G. was going to cover my shift because of changes coming, I told him that I was going to assume that I was out of a job unless told otherwise.
My communications with Mr. G. became fewer and further between. I told him that I knew that would happen and that eventually they would come to an end. However, he promised me that we were friends for life. I so wanted to believe that. He also promised me a job as soon as he was given the reigns, so to speak. I wanted to believe that too.
Even though I rarely actually saw the people I worked with because I worked from home, I missed them terribly. All of our communications was through text or telephone, so I would spend time talking to each one of them while we were working. It was my connection with the outside world. After spending Monday-Friday homeschooling a seven year old, I was ready for some adult conversation. Since my employment came to a blunt, unexpected end, there were no goodbyes.
I knew the drivers were not allowed to use their phones while driving and I certainly didn’t want to cause any problems, so I did not try to contact any of them. These were men with families that needed their jobs. I could pray for them and hope they were doing well, but I wasn’t going to do anything to jeopardize their income.
The Commit to Get Fit program had just started, so I continued with it. My daughter had talked me into trying some boot-camp type classes. Burn, Build, and Tone was on Monday and Wednesday evenings, and it was as tough as it sounded. Then, she talked me into trying Metcon on Saturday mornings. It was equally as tough, but I enjoyed it.
We had to weigh in and do our BMI each week with our trainer. Our age was required for the BMI machine, and I had to tell Cole every week my age. I would tell Cole, “Forty-eight. Don’t you remember? The eights stink.” And that’s how it had been for me. Every age ending in eight really did stink.
The Commit to Get Fit program was over in mid-March. This year, there was a closing ceremony that was very nice. We all met one evening in a room with tables and chairs at the community center. There were healthy snacks and drinks available. Everyone in our group sat at a table with our trainer, Cole. Each trainer had an opportunity to say something about their group and to hand out awards if desired. Some did more than others, but Cole definitely stood out.
Cole spoke about our group in general, and then had an award for each one of us. Cole had very kind, yet humorous words to say about each of us as well. We were all laughing and crying at the same time. When Cole got to me, he mentioned that I had been with him for two years in a row, and that both times had been around very stressful events. Until then, I had completely forgotten about the year before, but my mind immediately flashed back to Bob and his illness. And, with that, Cole presented me with the “Veteran Award.” We hugged, and I cried. It’s a simple-looking award printed on white card stock, but it means the world to me because of what it represents–a lot of blood, sweat, and tears (literally) with a true friend.