Yesterday we organized a farewell party at the office for one of our colleagues who was moving back to his hometown. It was quite an emotional scene, because we have known him for the past ten years, and obviously a strong bond had developed between us all. It actually felt like a member of the family was moving away for good. The party lasted till midnight and the food was great. We had arranged that everyone get something home-cooked to give the party a personal touch. We also got the office decorated beautifully with lots of flowers from Martha Stewart online, so the atmosphere was wonderful. Each one of us also presented our colleague with a farewell gift. I gave him a keychain which had his initials inscribed on it. He told him he really liked it a lot. So much so, that he immediately transferred his keys from his old keychain to the new one!