Walking off the elevator today I see Tania and nothing but doors lining the halls. Eveyone has an office now. Since all the kids have taken over with their spouses it has become a packed house. We have been busier than ever and now have a whole section of the countryside just for our compound. We have spread out over 100 acres with houses everywhere. We even built roads in between so we don't have to leave the compound.
In the middle of everything is our gathering area with pools and a huge house just for the cooking and food. Looking back little did I know how this would all go down with just a business card that I handed Eva with my number. Yet here we are. Now that We are in our late seventies both Eva and I have taken a back seat and retired from the family business. We spend our days watching all the grandkids grow up and join in the business hoping soon they will find their match.
I drop in every once in a while to visit and see how things are going. Tony and Niko retired and moved away to enjoy the time they had left. For Tony it wasn't much since I had gotten a call from Mary last year that he passed. We all flew out for the service, and just spent the week reflecting on our lives. I have taken Eva to all the places she ever wanted to go within the last 10 years since we were so busy before this.
We have slowed down as it's harder to get around so we mainly stay home. Mason is the latest grandkid to join the business with his friends and we had to start a second floor of offices for those that will be coming on also. Nate is in his early forties now so still has a lot of time. The kids switch off vacations and get away as much as they can so they aren't all about the business.
We say we stay so young due to all the grandkids running around and it always seems we have new ones showing up. We don't mind either way as we love each one of them. I give Tania a big hug as she is now going to head off to retirement. She has been training her replacement Sarah, and can't believe this chapter will be closing also. Seems like it was yesterday that we had her come up from Human Resources to take Connie's place.
I had kept tabs on Connie and her husband while they traveled enjoying their retirement. We would always deposit money just to let them have fun. A couple weeks ago I found out from their nephew Keith that both they had passed away within days of each other. Mandy and I just cried. Nate also was withdrawn as Connie played a huge roll in his life. We will have the service coming up later today and are all attending. We may need one side just for our family but we will be there.
When the kids all come out everyone looks down and I don't blame them. Even though Connie was retired she always stopped in to say hi and meet all the new additions. So even though they didn't have the relationship with her like some of us did. Her passing effected everyone in their own way. The elevator dings and out walks Eva. We are all ready to go as we will be taking twenty cars to fit everyone. Ten for just the families and the other ten for the security detail.
Can you imagine the looks on the faces when the Maxwell's show up to the service. We have become so large of a company that we have to have the detail. Is it a little daunting when we go places..... it is, but everyone knows that we would protect them just as if they were family. So some people like that we show up to events. Makes them feel more secure.
I make sure everyone is ready and we all head down to the cars. When everyone has climbed in we head off to the church in town. Our security has already arrived ahead of time securing the perimeter so we can come in with this security. When we slowly pull up Eva grabs my hand squeezing it. I noticed it also. Its the church we got married in all those years ago. Where I gave Nate my last name and made both of them officially mine.
I look over at her smiling as I place a kiss on her lips. I can't help but think what a lucky man I turn out to be! I have my goddess and my empire. What more could a man want in life!
As we pull up Eva and I are the first to get out. I spot Keith and walk up shaking his hand. I explain that my guys will be going inside to secure the inside and he informs me he already let people know that we would be attending. I nod as Nate and Mandy unload next with Mason and Missy. It continues with Jocelyn and Jesse, Jace and Cami, Anthony and Angel, Marcelo and Angelia, Eddie and Rosa. Jeremy, Trenton, and Jill unload in the last car and by golly I think we have everyone.
I grab ahold of Eva's and and we all start walking in when the people that are inside stop talking and just stare. All 16 of us plus our security file in and take our seats. We sit for about 30 minutes when the service gets underway. It takes about an hour but Nate speaks as do Eva and I. We sit back down and it has been such an emotional day I think after we will just go home and rest.
As it wraps up we all walk up and giving our condolences to the family. Keith thanks us for coming. We give hugs and head out to the waiting cars. We all file in as we and our security leaves heading back for the compound. I call ahead for the staff to get cooking for a bbq and start setting out drinks. Lord knows we will need them.