Imagine, if you will, every single one of these images, multiplied by two because I made two copies, affixed to the adding machines, telephones, computer monitors, framed artwork and personal desktop photos of every poor Greene County Daily World employee Wednesday morning. Ain't I a stinker, though?
So, here it is. After more than four years at the Greene County Daily World, meeting people from nearly every civic group, philanthropic organization, town council, veteran’s organization, Chamber of Commerce and school board in the land and writing about them all, I must bid you adieu.
I hate bidding adieu! I detest fare-thee-wells! I am annoyed by bye-byes and I fart in their general direction!
I have not been able to say goodbye to everyone, either due to the social restrictions of this pandemic or because I would rather sneak out of town in the dead of night than try to control my emotions at such a sad and painful situation, multiplied by way too many to count.
Know this: If I have written about you, especially in a feature story, particularly in a Senior Connections feature story, I probably love you and I will forever.
I always got really invested in my subjects and I cared very much whether their stories were written well. The connections I made with local school boards and chamber members and municipal officials and Bright Futures kids and Difference Maker finalists and people who were simply people will always be golden to me. I have never worked a more satisfying or more frustrating job as this one proved to be. I loved every day of it, I really did.
To my co-workers and past co-workers, I owe you all an enormous debt. I have learned so much and grown like I never thought was possible and I will keep you all in my heart until my last breath. From newsroom bingo to joyfully splattering runners and walkers at the Color Run to every Difference Makers and Bright Futures banquet, every journalism awards banquet and writer’s conference, every newsroom catchphrase (Air five! You racka disiprine! ring ring, herro? He rooka rike a man! and on and on...), every typo and factual mistake I regret, every clever headline only a few people noticed and I thank those people very much, every bit of praise and kind words from readers that, if they were written or emailed, I have kept, every googly eye or Nic Cage face I have stuck to my poor co-workers office supplies and every person in the county who has graciously put up with my crap over the years...from the bottom of my cold, dead heart I thank you. I won’t forget you, not any of you. Goodbye, and keep in touch,
Patti was the Editor of the Greene County Daily World, until the fairy tale became a Stephen King novella and she knew she had to return to the land of her birth and the kin she had left behind. She will miss all of the fine people she met while she was here and she urges them all to stay in touch, promising to respond to emails, texts or notes delivered by ravens. She can be reached at email@example.com.