It started with a diary. To be exact, a hard-covered blue book with a Victorian-styled woman on the front cover. An Easter gift from my parents, I think it was given as another vehicle to tell my stories. See, I talked a lot (still do.) Seriously, I would never shut up. There was always too much to discuss - too much to convey to my family. All I can say is it worked. Every day I would write my deepest, darkest secrets in that journal. I got the chance to chronicle my daily ongoings and re-read them over and over again. In some ways, this Musings column has been just that - except in a much, much more public forum. Whether it was reliving of an embarrassing story, a contemplation on current events or joking around about celebrities - this has basically been a public display of my private journal (with some off-colored comments and details left out, of course.)
It has been fun receiving correspondence with people over the subject matter (some good, some bad.) I understand that not everyone has liked my humor or enjoyed my viewpoints - and that is okay. I've enjoyed sharing, nonetheless.
I have been at The Daily Freeman-Journal for almost three years now, and I have enjoyed every moment of it. With this column, getting to meet the people throughout the county and covering the daily news. It has been eye-opening. When I was a younger citizen, I just heard from others what was happening in town - not really getting involved or caring to. Now, it's different.
Although I wasn't an employee affected by the closing of Electrolux, I was able to witness the pain and anguish that it caused. The employees who lost their jobs, the city officials who have tried tirelessly to bring jobs back to the town, and the citizens of the community waiting for hope. Now, I know the process isn't so simple.
When RAGBRAI came to town, there was positives and negatives voiced by many. Being in the community, all I knew was that I wanted to help - as such an event is quite an undertaking. The process was tedious and, at times, stressful, but seeing all the bikers and community members in town with such positive attitudes was worth the endeavor.
And while I was performing my job around the county, I was able to not only meet new people, but make new friends, too. (I know, I know, stop with the gag-me sob story.)
From the community theater to my RAGBRAI entertainment committee - it has been a blast to be a part of this town.
To my co-workers - at the DFJ and at Mornin' Glory Coffee Shop - wow, it's going to be hard not to see you everyday. What cool and fun people, that is for sure. I will especially miss my desk mates - my editor Anne, and the guy who rolls his eyes at me most, Troy.
And my family - I'm not going to even write about that. It's too painful to think about how much I will miss them (especially you, baby Quynn!)
This is not a farewell. Although this is my last Musings, I will be working as a blogger for the DFJ. Each week, there will be a new blog on the DFJ website, as well as a new column on my website, www.girlofthecorn.com. (Two postings a week, I can't even imagine that yet!)
I look forward to sharing my future blunders in NYC, as well as my ridiculous thoughts on the world at large.
Thanks for reading! I will surely miss the dub-C.