once in a lifetime

have you ever had someone come into your life and never expecting it thought, "how did i ever live without them?" that's my katie and that's exactly how i felt upon meeting her. i still do. katie joined the kai team 5 years ago and i have to tell you how our last conversation went down.

katie: do you have time to talk?
me: are you leaving?
katie: how did you know?
me: just from looking at you.

my father taught me everyone is replaceable and it's true; but katie? i'm not so sure and i'm having a really hard time with it. after she told me and after i cried (yes, i cried while she hugged me and told me it's going to be fine) i gained my composure and sometime later started digesting it and figuring out how to replace my figurative right arm. i emailed her a few q's. she answered and my immediate response was, "see? you calmed me down already." and then i typed, "now who's going to do that?" but i erased it because 1) i was being a real debbie downer, 2) we were all so happy that's she's moving on up and getting ready to conquer the world. she will, trust me. and, 3) that was my being selfish but honest to god all i want for my team is happiness and if that means moving on, so be it. i want what's best for them. after all, we are a tiny little family and those baby birds have to fly.

the day katie came in to interview the first thing i noticed was her beautiful, brilliant smile and gorgeous long blonde hair. she's quite stunning and i always thought she looked a lot like carolyn bessette kennedy. she is soft spoken and sweet as sugar. but don't let her beauty and subtly fool you as a bit under the radar you'll find there's a dynamo hidden within. katie is so fast while being so efficient, i'm not quite sure i've ever seen anything like it. that's a pretty amazing combo. most people can do one or the other really well but put together, garbage in, garbage out. not katie. she not only keeps her schedule but mine as well and i'm tough to keep up with. we were once on a call to australia and they wanted to go around the conference call to introduce themselves and what they do. there were maybe ten people to our two. then it was our turn. i did my quick little dance and then katie did hers but in listing her duties she kinda put the other team in shock. i took over and just said, "she wears every possible hat here".

to say we will miss you, katie, would be the understatement of the year! but i had the pleasure of knowing you for 5 years and the absolute joy of watching you grown from graduation to now. wow! wherever you end up at any time in your life, they are lucky to have you because you are "once in a lifetime"!

the world is waiting for you, katie. don't stop to question it. just go get it!

all our love and best wishes for an exciting future.



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