Last sappy staff post for awhile, we promise. But we just couldn’t let our dear KTW go without a few words from each of us, especially not after her post this morning. Without further ado…
You are one of the funniest people I’ve met in a long time. I’ve always admired your commitment to the most important food group: candy. Truly inspiring. Your witty comments and perfectly timed sarcasm have really brightened the office, and I’ll certainly be sad to see you go!
Although I have only been in the office for about 7 months, I feel like I’ve known you for more than that. You are smart, talented, funny and all around a joy to work with. From the hilarious stories about Kyle or the personalities in your family (not bad ones) to chatting it up about country celebrity gossip, you certainly made the job a lot more entertaining, and I’m really going to miss you. That being said, I’m overly exciting about you and Kyle’s future… becoming Tar Heels and all! You’ve done a fabulous job and brought so much to Southern Weddings, and I know you’ll be very successful at whatever you do. Best of luck. Stay in touch!
I am so sad to see you go, but I’m also excited for all the wonderful things you will be doing with your life! You immediately made me feel comfortable when I started working in the SW office a year ago and I’m so grateful for all the support you’ve given me, both in the office and out of it. I’ll miss our conversations about teen pregnancy, Lifetime movies and relationships. Never again will I look at Styrofoam without thinking of you! I hope there’s a macaroni and cheese date in our future!
Love love love,
I want you to know how proud I am to know you and how terrified I was to have you edit my first post. (Harvard grad editing my writing = scary!) I’ve learned so much from you in such a short time and for that I am forever grateful. I’ll miss your off-beat sense of humor and receiving serious emails from you laced with comical sound effects like “womp womp”. Albeit I was sometimes confused on how they should actually sound out loud, they never failed to make me laugh. This is just the beginning for you and I can’t wait to see how amazing your life will unfold. I know you will succeed at whatever you do. I also know that God has some truly incredible things planned for you and Kyle. I wish you the best on this new and exciting chapter in your life.
Katharine, remember the first weekend we met? We jetted down to Atlanta to attend the Bridal Bar opening and our taxi took us to the wrong hotel. Remember how we decided to walk over a mile to our own hotel on that humid, Hot-lanta summer day dragging our suitcases behind us? I’m pretty sure that was the day that I realized that you were absolutely amazing. You took everything in stride and still looked gorgeous that night for the Bridal Bar party. What a trooper!
I am grateful that I have had the joy of having you in my life these past few years. You have it all…beauty, brains, and a killer sense of humor. Next year, you’ll be joining me at the greatest university on earth (GO TAR HEELS!) and I couldn’t be happier about it. We still have so many TV and junk food nights ahead of us! You are a fabulous co-worker and more importantly, you are a wonderful friend. I can’t wait to see all of the amazing things you go on to do.
Here’s to friendship, reality TV, and our shared obsession with babies!
First of all, I am not saying anything in the realm of “goodbye” to you. I think I can speak for the whole office on that one. As I told you at the SW Spring Dinner, you are getting a key to the soon-to-be-new office for candy-laden study breaks, witty banter with Em and future baby-sitting of “The Biscuit” (and teaching said Biscuit about important things like keeping your maiden name, how to deal with husbands who have crazy call schedules and all things classic and Southern). While we aren’t saying goodbye, I will admit I have been dreading this day since we first talked about your path many moons ago. Luckily, I can get away with this and just blame the prego hormones, but I’ve honestly cried at least once a day for the last two weeks about today. From the moment you walked in with your hot pink office lamp to watching you walk down the aisle – the most beautiful bride I have ever seen – I have savored the last two wonderful years with you! It has been more than I ever imagined. Thank you for (ok, hello tears again!) changing this company and genuinely changing my life with your loyalty, drive and unmistakable ability to make every day full of laughter. Just know that you have a permanent invitation to all office holiday festivities (who am I going to buy suitcases of candy for now!?), Christmas pics with Santa (I know you’ll miss that) and… when The Biscuit finally arrives in November, you better pull a hotshot lawyer move and argue your way out of class to come see me! If I have a boy, someone is going to have to teach this babe how to properly tie a bowtie. Thank you for many wonderful memories and milestones. Thank you for YOU. You are brilliant, beautiful beyond words and a force to be reckoned with, KTW. What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. – Ralph Waldo Emerson. It is the strongest stuff that you are made of. Ms. Waterman, you are a treasure and we’re all better people in knowing you.
My dear KTW,
I have never worked a day in the Southern Weddings office without you by my side, and I am not looking forward to starting on Monday. I have always lived by the motto “if you want something done right, do it yourself,” which is why it’s been a rare and wonderful gift to have you as a coworker: someone who I trust implicitly, someone who always gave me a second opinion better than my first, someone who always raised the bar. I will miss our lunchtime bantering, your no-BS outlook on weddings, your calm and clear head, the way you’d open emails I was nervous about (who’s going to do that now?!), and, of course, holding your hand during photoshoots with Millie. But mostly (and most importantly), I will miss getting to hang out every day with a girl who’s become a treasured friend. I know this is not goodbye, so for now I will just say, it’s been an honor and a pleasure. I have no doubt you will do great things, and I can’t wait to be at your side, cheering you on.
Readers, feel free to leave your well wishes for Katharine in the comments! I know y’all will miss her, too.