The End of an Era

7 Feb

Yesterday was my last day at SPX.  After 34 years and ten months,, it ended just as I had always hoped that it would – in joy, and on my terms.

I can’t say enough good things about SPX.  It has played an enormous role in my life.  It brought me my husband, a wonderful life that afforded me the opportunity to have and raise my daughters, buy a home, and travel on occasion.  SPX was there for me in the good times like my wedding and the birth of my children, but they were also there during the most painful time of my life, the death of my daughter Liz.  And they did more than just send flowers and sympathies.

SPX gave Roger and I as much time off (with pay) as we needed.  But they also went above and beyond … they paid for the food after the funeral.  It was totally unexpected and something we will never forget and will always be grateful for. 

We felt the love and support of the entire company as we dealt with this most painful of events.  And it didn’t stop a month or two after the funeral. 

It’s always oh so easy to sit back and criticize the company and/or the people that you work for.  I’ve done it many times over the years.  But when you look at the big picture, I think we  have a tendency to sell our employers short … or always look at the negative instead of all the positive opportunities they present to us as employees.

So … THANKS SPX …. you gave a shy, quiet 19 year old kid a job and it became a wonderful life.   I could not have asked for anything more.

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6 Responses to “The End of an Era”

  1. annawencl February 7, 2009 at 10:34 am #

    Oh. That’s cute.

    You’re cute.

  2. dawn sletten February 8, 2009 at 9:42 am #

    Congratulations Kim. Im so happy for you and Im thinkin youve got a few things up your sleeve for the future. Does Roger also have plans of retiring. Love you Dawn

  3. Stephanie February 8, 2009 at 1:40 pm #

    Rog asked you out in the SPX parking lot, right?

    Anyway, Congrats! Now you can become a motivational speaker, fulltime.

  4. Kim Wencl February 8, 2009 at 2:32 pm #

    We met at the annual OTC smorgasbord and we got engaged by the flagpole in the parking lot — but I always like to clarify — Elizabeth and Anna were each conceived at home!

  5. Stephanie February 9, 2009 at 8:11 am #

    HAHAHAHA! That was the best response ever. Seriously. I laughed out loud.

  6. adria February 12, 2009 at 1:39 pm #

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I love your comment about how you met roger too – – good to know you were always appropriate at work 😉

    You really deserve this opportunity and I’m so happy for you that you could take it!

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