per amica silentia lunae

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::pats self on back::
nola
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Well, you could have knocked me over with a feather.

I was sitting at our annual awards ceremony here at the Close Up Foundation, idly wondering what we would be eating at the holiday party afterwards, glad that at least one of the awards had gone to one of my friends here (and the others to people who at least seemed to be hard workers).

Then they got to the "Expanding Horizons" award, which is for the employee who does the most to push the boundaries of what we do here. Usually it goes to someone who finds a new and successful way to extend our excellent civic education programs into unexplored areas.

This time, the presenter said something along the lines of "We've all heard the line 'pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.' Or, in this case, the computer screen." Then she said my name. My jaws dropped and my heart started pounding. I barely remember the rest of what she said. I know that she mentioned the work I had done on our database system, the website, all that. Hard work, rewarding sometimes and hair-tearingly frustrating at others. I'm not going to be falsely modest- I deserved the award, and I suppose it could have been awarded a while ago- one of the failings here is a tendency not to recognize and reward the efforts of the support staff, and to focus all the attention on the visible, frontline stuff.

But I digress. It was tough sledding making my acceptance speech, but I managed to avoid becoming too choked up.* But man- next week marks my seventeenth anniversary here. In that time, I've wooed and won the love of my life; we've bought a house and gotten married; this place has been a constant part of my life for so long that it's part of my atmosphere.

And one thing that has increased over the time I've been here is my realization of the importance of our mission. One of the other honorees said essentially that the Foundation's goal is to beat apathy to death with a huge stick. We change lives here; people come away from our programs determined to be more involved, to be better citizens, to try to make the world a better place. Hundreds of thousands of people have been on our programs or read our literature; even if only a few of them became better citizens it would all be worth it. And, I can say with some pride, we have a much better success rate than that.

Every bit of frustration in this job is made worthwhile by knowing that what we do works. We've been doing it for over thirty years now, and the need is greater than ever. And to be recognized as a vital part of it, by so many people... damn, that makes me feel good.

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* to quote ausir's dad, "Yeah, but I cry at stop signs" ;-)

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Congrats! It's a great feeling to know your efforts are appreciated...

Congratulations! {{{{{{hugs!}}}}}}

Woo-hoo! Congratulations!

couldn't have happened to a nicer guy - hugs!

Wow - congratulations!

Hurrah! Much back-slapping. I've heard how you talk about your work there and its been obvious you care. Glad they recognise it.

Dude.  That is *so* schway!  Many back-slappings, indeed.

That's awesome - congratulations!!

Excellent! Congrats and yay to them for recognizing people who get overlooked most places.

Cograts, hon... they could not have given it to a more deserving fellow. Proud of you! {smootch}

woo hoo! you are awesome! much love miss you annabelle

hey, babe! miss you, too!

added you to my friends list...

::hugs::

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