The Place I Came To Love Is Missing Too

[When You’re Gone – Avril Lavigne]

Today I learned that my manager at the cafe is transferring to another store, and I just wanted to write something about her, even though I highly doubt she knows about this blog.

I’m not posting this until Sunday night, since that’s the last time I’ll see her (unless I can visit her at her store some time), and since that’s when she’ll be announcing it officially. This way I don’t get into trouble.

Anyway, Jess has been an amazing manager, and I say this with no exaggeration nor condition. She’s a fun, understanding, but disciplined boss, who takes the time to understand how each of her underlings work and learn, and to craft tasks which would ensure everyone plays to their strength. She always believed in me, even when I was starting out and feeling like I was letting the team down on busy days, and never ever showed annoyance when I asked my many, many questions. She was patient when we made silly mistakes, and she couldn’t find fault in anyone – what else could you ask in a manager! I think the only way I could ever have a nicer manager is if they gave me free money.

I think it’s a real remark on her, when the entire store’s ambiance and morale revolves around her. And I mean that also when she’s not in the store, and we’re being run by supervisors, because the supervisors also seemed to give off her vibe. We all get along with each other because she’s created such a friendly work environment (or, at least, she was a part of a friendly work environment when she began working there, and then carried it over when she began managing), where no one feels like they’re not allowed to say what they want. She genuinely cared about the wellbeing of each and every one of her staff members, not on an official level, but at a personal level. I suppose those more skilled may see it as a weak point, because management requires certain ambivalence towards the personal lives of their subordinates, but on our level, it made working a joy.

And, as a person, I think she’s charming too. It’s easy to talk to her because she’s always smiling, and she’s always willing to hear about new things. Because of that, she’s on good terms with many of our regulars – I wonder what they’ll feel when they learn that she’s left!

So, Jess, in case you happen to read this: THANK YOU! Thank you for being one of the best managers I’ve ever had and probably ever will have, and thank you for being my friend at work. I hope I have been equally good company, and I wish you the best at the new store and with all your future plans with Cody (I actually know his name now, and just say it wrong to annoy you). Don’t work too hard, but I know you would anyway.

Alex.

P.S. I’m mostly writing the same things in your card so. Double up.

P.P.S. I AM NOT EMOTIONALLY STUNTED

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Little Pieces

I just got around to reading the messages that people wrote on my pieces of paper.

On the day of dress signing, I couldn’t find my dress so I got paper and asked people to sign those. They were truly a great read and I teared and laughed and cursed at my cousin for her words. Here are some of the best (they’re all good and lovely, but here are some of the best ones)

And, breaking tradition, I’m writing their full names in as they have signed it

Dear Ruyi Alex. I’m sorry for tickling you and making u squirm with suffering. I’m sorry for nuzzling my face against you and making you scared. I am sorry for ACCIDENTALLY raping you and…wait, you don’t know about that. Well…uh…anyways, I’ll miss you. -Cathy

Ruyi! You are absolutely indescribable! No words can say how awesome you are – I’ve learnt so much from you. ❤ always. -Eunice

Did your mum help you make your dress? Best of luck for the coming year Ruyi. Lupp choo long tymez -Lisa T

(Because it wasn’t a dress, it was paper)

RUYI ❤ hey ruyi, you told me not to take up the whole page…BUT NO, you can’t make me. noob. WELL, I’d like to wish you the BEST of luck, stay unique~ ❤ julia (possibly your favouritist year 11) (haha)

(Julia L)

RUYI BROHEME! You’re ace + awesome + hell YES I’m sucking up to you so you’ll write me a part in your script.  🙂 Good luck + live it up! ❤ Raj

Dear Ruyi, I’m allergic to you., Thanks for awesome frees. May all your dreams come true. Love Cami

(I once lied and said I was allergic to everything to her.)

Hey Boy! ^^ I’m gonna miss seeing another person ‘like me’ walking around in the school 😛 Good luck for the future. Always be who you are :] ❤ Stoner the ‘other’ boy ;P

(There’s also Dani signing off with ‘Martinie beasts’)

Alex! YES. YOU! Haha I will miss sitting next to you & poking you! I didn’t move cos you smelt. It was HAYFEVER I promise! ❤ Dee xo

(Vania and Sonam both wrote)

Hey Ruyi/Alex, Good luck for the future! Don’t forget about me and keep in touch.

(This is where Sonam wrote)

I’ll miss all our English/Englang classes. ❤ Sonam 😀

(And Vania wrote)

But you’re always online so no worries there. 🙂 ❤ Vania

(Word for word, they were identical at first. Wow.)

Ruyi! My dearest cousin =] cannot believe you are graduating and we have no more methods together D= will miss you and your tiny miniscule hands next year BAHAHA. ❤ you! ❤ Christina aka Blondie, soon to be brunette LOL

(She laughs a lot)

I will miss our VET classes. I own your blog. ❤ Nayomi

(No.)

even though i’m really mean + such a bully to you all the time, I do love you lots! You have such a heartwarming hug and you never fail to make me smile. Love you and miss you ❤ Annie.

(Nikita’s funny awesome sweet lovely amazing message)

Dear Alex Ruyi

Nawww! You are going! Legal! OMG! Now you won’t be here anymore to give me all those hugs =(. Im so glad I met you this year, you awesome person. Now look, I AM NOT RACIST! I LOVE ASIANS [therefore] I LOVE YOU!! xxox, sweet lovin’ Nikita Muchado (about nothing) p.s. Asians Rule Wooo! (and in a little box) Asians FTW

(I adore her, I do. What a funny message.)

(And this one was the one I dedicated my title to, as well as making me cry.)

I’ll never admit it but I love you to little pieces 🙂 Best wishes and will always see you ❤ APRIL

There were lots more messages which I didn’t write because they were so personal and close to my heart, I didn’t wish to share it. I think one of them, you know who you are.

I thank you all for your lovely messages. They’re “a candle in the window on a cold dark winter’s night”.

Alex.