This column marks my last as an employee of the Pleasanton Express. After almost 30 years – and almost half of my life – I’m leaving to pursue another career.
It is time for a change, and while it is bittersweet, I’m both excited and nervous!
My newspaper family has been a huge part of my life.
If not for the Wilkerson family, I would not be the person that I was encouraged to be. They supported me getting involved in every aspect of our community and industry where I made great friends and colleagues.
I owe them my deepest appreciation. They treated me and my children as their own and for that, I am forever grateful. We are included in holiday celebrations just as many of their extended family and friends. Wilkersons = fun!
And then there are my co-workers. Just think about all we have gone through – both as an industry (gathering news before the internet and fax machines, Compugraphic computers, laying in by hand with a waxing machine and brayers) and our experiences on a personal basis.
We have supported each other through marriages, divorces, sicknesses, births and deaths. We have laughed a lot and sometimes we argued. But, just like family, we loved each other through it all.
When I started at the paper in 1989, Allison was an infant and Daryl was a toddler. This was only my second real job (I can’t count dusting cans at the Hi-Way Grocery, can I?) and what a job it has been!
A huge thanks also goes out to all who have made this job interesting, sometimes heartwarming/ heart palpitating experiences. From going on raids with Sheriff David Soward and Chief Ronald Sanchez to delivering Christmas cheer with Chief Eric Kaiser; church picnic barbecues and auctions; Cowboy Homecomings, Strawberry Festivals, Cowboy of the Year Rodeos and all fundraisers inbetween – they are all memories that I will never forget.
The way I see it, there is not a better place that I could have thought of working for the last 29 1/2 years. It has been both an honor and a delight working alongside great co-workers and the many businesses, entities, nonprofits and fine folks that I have encountered along the way. I will miss everyone dearly.
I wish the best for the whole Wilkerson family and the Pleasanton Express – prosper, fight the good fight, progress with this ever-changing industry and keep winning awards!
A big thank you to Noel Wilkerson Holmes. She has asked me to continue writing this column.
So, I won’t say goodbye just yet, but “until next time.” p.s. And, if you or anyone you know are in the market for a home – please call Donna Blue at Dowdy Real Estate – 830- 569-6883 – she has my listing! Or visit it online at www.zillow.com/ homes/for_ sale/Pleasanton- TX/pmf,pf_ pt/193862727_ zpid/19991_ rid/globalrelevanceex_ sort/29.174346,- 98.132287,28.718291,- 98.709069_ rect/10_ zm/
SUE BROWN is a columnist of the Pleasanton Express. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.