While looking through some old issues of the Pleasanton Express, I saw where the Pleasanton High School would have a Calendar Girl contest.
(Cue Neil Sedaka’s song now!) Each month was represented by a high school beauty, dressed for that month’s theme (usually in shorts or even swimsuits from one of the issues that I saw!)
Were these a bit sexist? You bet, but it was the 60s and totally the norm.
So, I’m thinking that I’m a totally different sort of calendar girl.
For the past week I’ve been asking when our large year planning calendars are coming in. They had been delayed but made it to our office on Monday.
It was almost like Christmas morning for me all over again. There is something about these yearly planners that get me excited.
First of all, it is a blank canvas. Nothing is written on these squares. Then, as I start adding events, special issues, deadlines for nominations for our Cowboy of the Year, Athletic Hall of Honor recipients and our newspaper contests, birthdays and holidays – they soon start to fill up.
And while this may stress some people, it actually gives me a sense of hope and something to look forward to at a glance on my wall.
These dates – highlighted and color coordinated – mean that we are involved.
We are involved in our community and we plan on being that way. It is what we do as community journalists.
It is what we do as community-minded residents of Atascosa County.
As we attend these events – and I’m including sporting events, church picnics, graduations, school and local plays as well as festivals – it also brings to mind that we all could get a bit more involved. Volunteer to help, mentor to children, help with our local CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), CAST (Children’s Alliance of South Texas)or Atascosa Family Crisis Center – if nothing else by donating items or money.
The way I see it, we can all fill in these blank dates with things to do or remind us to get involved. Let the planning begin!
SUE BROWN is the editor of the Pleasanton Express. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or write at P.O. Drawer 880, Pleasanton, TX 78064.