The phrase that “time is fleeting” is always true, except perhaps in the mind of a pre-teen or teenager. I know for them life can sometimes be very boring and seem like time is standing still as they’re ready to get on with their “real” life. Oh, but once that real life begins, trust me, time fleets!
It’s particularly true at moments like this when I am just minutes from the final deadline to get the newspaper together. This week that feeling is compounded by the fact that this is my last day of work for several weeks.
You see, beginning tomorrow I am going on maternity leave. Yes, my husband Daniel, daughter Joellen, and I are expecting a baby boy to join our little family in about three weeks. At this point I need some rest to finish out this pregnancy and hopefully nurture a happy, healthy baby. Truthfully, I’m really looking forward to some more family time in the coming weeks.
While I am gone from the Wetzel Chronicle, Staff Writer Miranda Stokes will be filling in with the things I normally do. I’m sure the others here at the Chronicle will also help out, but the brunt of the work will fall to Miranda. I know she’s capable of the job, but her main problem will be that pesky old thing mentioned before—time.
There are only so many hours in the day and only so many working hours in a week. The Wetzel Chronicle staff will be missing one person from our small staff—a great void to fill no matter whose shoes are left empty.
So please, be a bit lenient in your criticism of the newspaper for a while. There may be a few more mistakes. There may be some glitches here and there. But there may be some great improvements too. You just never know.
What I do know is that no matter how you look at it, time is fleeting.
Along with the rest of the world, I was shocked and horrified to see the wrath of Friday’s earthquake in Japan. The tsunami that followed and the subsequent damage is just beyond comprehension.
I watched the scenes unfold Friday morning as our area was bracing for a slow-rising river flood with days of notice. All I could thing was, “Well, a river flood really isn’t that bad after all is it?”
Not only were we spared the flooding waters, but I think the Japanese situation let us all realize just how fortunate we are.
I know many thoughts, prayers, and support are going out to Japan during this time of trouble. They certainly need all the help they can get, as does our entire world as the disaster ripples around the globe in numerous ways.
I was also glad to hear that the two people I know living in Japan were safe, relatively unscathed by the earthquake and tsunami. And in true West Virginia fashion, they were helping others who were affected by the disaster.