I was attending a leader meeting for our Wednesday morning bible study a few weeks ago when a dear friend asked us to pray for her mom’s transition into retirement. Upon hearing the news, I realized my friend’s mom owned the very salon my husband and boys had been going to for haircuts over the years. It’s location is nowhere near our home so I was rather suprised to hear about the connection. As you know, I do not subscribe to the idea of “coincidence”; when things like that happen, they catch my attention because I know God is at work – the first thing I do, is pray.
Just a day or two later, I received an email from my friend. Her mom had mentioned wanting to hang onto every moment of her last day at the salon and my friend was hoping I would be available to capture it – as a surprise, of course.
When I first arrived, I tried my best to sit unnoticed in the waiting area until my friend made it there to unveil the “surprise” with her sisters. Unfortunately, my husband’s stylist recognized me and couldn’t help but wonder why in the world I was there – it sparked a bit of hushed conversation as I let them in on the secret.
It was a huge privilege being part of such a special day.
It was clear this was much more than a career for Barb. Not only has she created a legacy for her daughters and grandchildren, she has touched the lives of a countless number of women. First and foremost, the lovely ladies who worked with and for her.
Life was shared within these walls. Many memories and friends were made.
So much history.
Here are several more favorites from the day:
Things that grabbed me:
one of Barb’s grandsons, hugging her as he said goodbye… “I am SOOOOO happy you’re done working, SOOOOO happy!”
the ladies writing notes on their workstations, marking their spot in time
one employee stopping by with her husband and newborn son right after being released from the hospital
hearing the stories – how it began, how long some of them have been together, routines and rituals
the hugs and tears… ripped my heart out every time!
Barb’s daughters – watching them watch their mom, the tears, the laughter
May your days be richly blessed in retirement, Barb!