She brought donuts for all of us at work. Four big boxes of fresh, Krispy Creme donuts, still warm enough to weaken our resolve.
The day ticked by, and I meant to thank her for the donuts, but kept forgetting.
I fogot even after I decided to go ahead and have one.
I fogot after I figured I had spoiled one of my New Year's resolutions, so I might as well have a second.
And then it was too late.
A colleague came and told me that as the donut-giver had walked out the door midday, she said, "Well, today is my last day. I put my notice in weeks ago, but asked our boss not to say anything."
I never got to say goodbye. I was out on the floor when she left, probably helping someone find a book for their report.
Worse, I never did say thanks.
For the donuts. For her work. For being a great coworker with a consistent attitude and a great work ethic.
I'm sure I reasoned that I would have plenty of time when I saw her next.
But that was her last day and I didn't show even a little gratitude for her generosity.
Just another reminder to seize the day-- no seize the moment, because sometimes we don't get a second chance to get it right.