It’s Thanksgiving Eve here at Quilting Arts / Cloth Paper Scissors Headquarters, and man, are we ever thankful! We have jobs we love, we work with talented and fun people, we get to see fabulous art every day, and when we’re not panicked to meet a deadline, we generally have a good ole’ time.
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, but this Thanksgiving I’m feeling especially grateful (and a little emotional) because one of our own is fleeing the coop to spend more time with her family. And it’s someone to whom I am forever indebted: My sister-in-law Sally Murray.
Sal has been with Quilting Arts since the very beginning. She was Quilting Arts’ first employee (who, by the way, didn’t take any pay for a long while until we got on our feet). In the olden days when Quilting Arts was out of our house, she came
over every day to help me answer phones, pack boxes, process orders,
unpack and pack quilts, etc. And if you have been a subscriber over the years, Sally has been the one who handled your subscription.
No task has ever been beneath Sal. She is the first person to drop everything to help others in the office—whether it's answering a computer question, replacing ink in the printer, ordering paper clips, or assisting those of us who still can’t figure out the postage meter (:::cough:::).
Always cheerful (no matter how tough or stressed things have gotten), she is one of the few people able to cajole me out of a bad mood.
I have been in total denial that she is leaving us, and the other day while her exit interview was being conducted in the adjoining room, I actually put my iPod on as I just didn’t want to hear—or face—the reality that she was leaving.
Sal, all of us at Quilting Arts ––and I think I speak for those who have called to place an order or fix a subscription problem—we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being such a friendly, devout support.
We wish you a joyful next chapter in your life. And I know this is starting to feel perilously close to a Casey Kasem Long Distance dedication, but I can’t figure out a better way to pay tribute to you than to post your very favorite musical artist singing a classic.... for a class act:
Billy Joel's “The Stranger.” (Just promise me you won’t ever become one.)
Here’s to a Happy Thanksgiving to everyone, and celebrating all the special peeps' in our lives!