They left us for better jobs, for which I always served as a reference, cheerfully.
They left us for families of their own, of which, for a little bit, we were part.
One time I hired a kid, barely 18. He had about zero experience, but we needed another camp counselor, his sister recommended him, and he was eager. So I took a chance and assigned him to work with two other staff.
I don't think I was his favorite boss. Those were some challenging years in those programs.
But he came back in the fall.
And then he was back the next summer.
He finished community college.
Then he transferred to a 4 year.
Then he did his PhD.
And now he's a professor somewhere.
I used to tease him that when he became a big shot whatever, he would forget his people and the little people along the way. But no, not at all. His work is brilliant and insightful, and he's teaching hundreds of students every year to not forget his people either.
I miss that job, sometimes.