Happy New Year
This month marks the 10th anniversary of the first column I ever wrote for Edmond Outlook. Back in the day, I wrote feature stories and even did some editing for Edmond Outlook. I was shocked when the publisher, Dave, asked if I would like to write a column. I was accustomed to going onsite and interviewing someone for a story. I had no clue how to write a column and asked what he wanted me to write. “Whatever you want,” he replied.
Wow, that sounded good—but—what did I want to write? What would readers like? My first efforts were mainly “people” pieces, being accustomed to the interview process. But gradually, my own thoughts about life began to make their way to the page. I wrote about growing up on a farm in an era where we had no indoor plumbing or phone or TV in our home. Surprisingly, some of you grew up the same way and enjoyed hearing about such a time.
Then little by little I shared my life and you rewarded me with emails, telling me how much you appreciated the stories. I had found my voice and was comfortable enough to share both happy and sad events. You smiled along with me when I wrote about my son, Jay wanting a limo ride to Sonic for his 30th birthday. He got it! And everyone attending his party took a turn around the neighborhood in that limo. It was like a pony ride!
I also shared the saddest part of my life—the death of my loving husband. Even today, six years later, I am still blessed by your prayers and the sweet notes of sympathy you sent. And yes, I still miss Carl more than I could ever put into words.
Many of you tell me how much you enjoy the column, and I am so humbled by your compliments that I just want to say “Thank You” to such loyal readers. I look forward to sharing many more stories with you and always welcome your email notes.
Wishing you a Happy and Blessed New Year!
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