525,600 minutes ago, give or take a few minutes depending upon when you are reading this, I landed in Grove.
Can you believe it? One year ago on April 19, I loaded up the truck in Little Rock, Ark., and found myself arriving in Grove to start a new life. The next night, in the midst of unpacking, I covered my first event: Grove High School's prom.
Tomorrow night, I'll celebrate my first anniversary doing the same thing - snapping pics at Grove's Prom at the high school.
Not a bad way to celebrate a one-year anniversary, taking pics of high school kidlets all dressed up in their finest attire.
All in all it's been a pretty amazing first year sitting in the "editor's seat" at The Grove Sun, and I know in a large part, it's because of everyone within the community.
We've laughed together. Trust me, there have been some moments where much laughter ensued - oh Tracy Bloss and Dan Hinman, thank you for hunting a pig behind Lowe's. That call on the radio still tops the opossum in the kitchen or the tractor parked randomly in someone's back yard. (Although Mark Londagin's "Red Man" outfit at the Christmas 5K in December could earn a close tie for something memorably funny!)
We've also cried together. Especially in the moments when someone in the community was taken too soon, or lost their battle to cancer. I still expect to see the late Ben Hynum walk into the office to update me about the Third of July event for the city of Grove.
You've probably even laughed with me, as I've learned about sports in the last few weeks after our sports editor moved on to another paper. My hashtag #NotASportsGirl is slowly changing a bit thanks to everyone who helps explain things to me.
I'll be honest though, I'll be just as excited as the rest of you, when we officially fill the position. Thank you for your patience, and enjoy my oops - yes, I now know that baseball players don't "huddle" with the coach, they "conference."
Thank you for giving me a new place to call home. Dorothy may have said "there's no place like home" and referred to Kansas. For me, I'll just say "there's no place like Grove" and I'm grateful to call it home.
Running for a cause
Saturday I'll lace up my tennis shoes, and put on a pretty silly costume and take part in the anti-bullying 5K hosted by the Wyandotte Nation. (Pst. Thank you to Sam and Suesan in my office for the tutu assistance and Lorri from Dar-Lynn Embroidery for the amazing "bat girl" t-shirt.)
The Superhero 5K kicks off bright and early in the morning. I'm sure I'll Instagram pictures of the event (and I have a feeling a few "friends" are plotting to make sure you see me in my full costumed regalia.).
Kudos to the Wyandotte Nation for having a 5K and fun run that helps bring awareness to the every growing curse of bullying.
So if you see me at an Easter Egg hunt (or another event Saturday morning) dressed a bit "colorfully" just know it was for a good cause.
Speaking of egg hunts
If you capture a fun image of your kidlet(s) hunting eggs during a weekend outing, or snap a shot of them in their Easter best outfit, feel free to send it my way. You can email your favorite pics to email@example.com. Who knows, if we get enough, we might just include a selection of "fan favorites" in Tuesday's issue.
Well that's the bits and pieces for this week. Thank you again for an amazing first year. I'm looking forward to what's ahead in Grove 2.0. I have a feeling the best is yet to come.
Editor's Note: This column originally appeared in the April 2