It’s been a hectic few days. We announced earnings late last week and many in our group spent time packing as we moved offices. This week, the pace increased as we prepared for meetings of our Board of Directors and board committees (Audit, Corporate Governance and Compensation). And, tomorrow, we will hold our Annual Stockholder Meeting. Along with preparations for these corporate events, we have, of course, had to cover the normal business needing our support (which at Sun is never “normal”).
It’s easy to get caught up in this torrent of business and legal work, especially when it’s interesting and in collaboration with wonderful colleagues. But, every now and then something gives you reason to pause and provides perspective.
Today, in the midst of all these activities, I broke away from the office to attend the funeral of a member of our department who had worked for us for over 15 years. She died unexpectedly less than two weeks ago leaving a husband and teenage son. I can’t imagine their pain, but I know that our organization feels a deep loss. The amazing response to our request for donations for her son’s education is reflective as much of our desire to help him as it is the need to do something to ease our own sadness.
The funeral itself was beautiful – no, “joyous” is the more appropriate word. It was heartening to see so many current and former members of the Sun community in attendance. At one point, after a beautiful gospel hymn, the minister asked us all to stand. He then pointed at us and said: “If so many of you are here, I don’t know how any work is getting done at Sun today.” At that moment, it really didn’t matter.
Sandra, your beautiful smile and quiet grace will remain with us.