February 16, 2005
I haven't worked in about 15 months now. I enjoy all the free time, but as much as I hate to admit it, I miss my job. I miss the people I worked with. During the 24 years I worked, other than hours of sleep, I spent more time with THOSE PEOPLE than I did with my family.
I understand this feeling.
After my sudden and surprising dismissal, I heard from exactly THREE "work friends" afterward. I was disappointed. As when I write a great post on this blog, I thought me being fired might draw a few more comments than it did. But it didn't, and that's the way it goes.
Job-friends can forget you fast.
Rob... I "retired" a little over five years ago, and had something of the same experience as what you described in that I was surprised at the lack of response from some that I thought I knew pretty well through my work. But, I was able to stay in contact with a few close associates that I worked with, and we still associate with each other to this day. I am happy for that!
Friendships are very delicate. Some are more enduring than others, and one thing I've learned is that many of the "friendships" forged through work aren't as close as they seem... When the work goes, so does the firendship!
The ones that endure are your true friends!
.. knowing what Bob says is true is the ONLY bad thing about leaving that place... I'm glad to be where I am at...
Romance on the job rarely works out. Workplace friendships are no more reliable.