I'm into my last few "practical focus " days in the parish of tidying up, writing up, clearing up and handing over - then I have a final week for "people" which is a much more attractive prospect. The real focus for the practical week is on only the things which I "know" (a kind of brain dump) and trying to think through the routine things which I do without thinking about.
What is fascinating is the mind-set of the small minority of people - or at least their perception of me - which suggests to the them that I might need a phone call or an email just to remind me that:
1. "You need to do "something(s)" before you go" - 'something' so far has consisted of 'something' so obvious that I have done it or thought about it long ago
2. "You need to do "something" which you said you would do a long time ago" - which if they gave it a moments consideration they would realise there was not a cat-in-hells-chance that I am actually going to do before I leave - on the basis that if I ever was going to do it I would have done it a long time ago - and actually (with perhaps some minor briefing from me which I have done) then it would be much better for other people to do it anyway
3. Then there are the panic pastoral pleas - which in my case have included "can you take our wedding service before you go" and rather more touchingly "will you come back to take my funeral". A no in either case is really hard.
I wish I had kept a sweep stake on the Scottish comments - could have raised a lot for charity:
Top of the list is without doubt: " are you going to wear a kilt"
The most Yorkshire phobic has been: "Why would you want to move "there" (Scotland) its grotty ( and that from a Keighley resident!)"
At least the Grangemouth dispute has meant that I have not had to explain where Grangemouth is anymore.
However this is more than compensated by the really thoughtful cards and messages which speak of appreciation, and the really moving ones are the people who understand "the move".