A couple of weeks ago, we knew that our workers were getting close to done and would be packing up soon. I was caught off guard by how sad this made me. Don’t get me wrong; I am super excited that they are done and we are moving forward with this project. I am glad that it will be quieter in our house now (just a little quieter, though – the kids are pretty loud too). I am glad that I can go into all the parts of my house and not worry about being in the way of construction. But I am unexpectedly sad.
I am not the only sad one. When our porta-potty was removed, Jonah literally cried. He asked, through his tears, “Will we ever see it again?” I assured him that he would see other porta-potties, but maybe not that specific one.
Having the workers here had become so much a part of our routine that I am having to adjust my thinking. They were often arriving in the morning when I was taking Jonah to school, and they were usually headed to lunch when I would get back home from picking him up. They usually got back from lunch just as I was putting Micah down for his nap (bad timing). In the first few days after they were gone, I kept catching myself thinking “the workers will be here soon” or “it might rain tomorrow; I wonder if the workers won’t come.” I have to get used to a “new normal” now that they are gone.
When my dad was here right after they had left, he commented on how long they had been here, and that it must feel like losing a family member. It does feel a little bit like that. How do you say goodbye to people who are not really your close friends or family, but who have been in your life for seven months, and whom you have seen day after day — and then suddenly they are gone? They were just here to do a job, but they were always nice and often took the time to listen to Jonah ramble on about dinosaurs or trains or Legos or bees or his sidewalk chalk drawings (you get the idea).
So thanks for a job well done, Alloy.
(I wrote the first draft of this post a couple of days after they were gone. It’s been two weeks now, and I am mostly adjusted to them not being here.)