I ’m still not used to it. It will be a while until I fully accept that my co-worker for over 25 years is no longer my coworker.
Mary Gallegos, the Pleasanton Express Advertising Director/Maven/Expert officially retired this month.
We all knew it was coming, but we thought it would be a bit longer.
She had been hinting at it for a few years and when her husband, Reyes, retired last year I really started to think about her leaving.
You see, I’ve never not worked with Mary here at the paper.
As she put it many times, we were partners in crime. Not that we broke any laws, it’s that we did so much of our jobs together. She was one of my many mentors in my life – not only business wise – but personal as well. I raised my kids with the help of her advice.
She was the epitome of a working mom who did it all.
She, along with Reyes, worked hard and put their children through college.
We have spent New Year’s Eves, weddings and social events together. We have taken impromptu shopping trips to San Antonio during Christmas, snacking on her Boston Brown Bread.
We have both commiserated and celebrated our children, family and lots more. She was a great support when my mother was so ill and through her death, too.
A funny note, one of the radio station’s ad salesman saw us both when we were in a business picking up registration forms for a contest. He looked at both of us and said “Wow, I could get rid of both of you right now and my life would be so much easier.”
We waited until we got back in our vehicle to bust out laughing.
We both took that as a compliment, as wacky as it sounded.
Mary also helped me to have a better ear for Spanish. She would say “You’ll be speaking it before too long”.
She even came to my house to show me how to make homemade flour tortillas. While mine looked more like California instead of nice round ones, they tasted fine. She would start most of her sentences with “A ver…” roughly translated to “Let’s see” – her way of showing you how something needed to be done.
The way I see it, I know that we have two of the best ladies (right Megan and Kate?) we could get to take over her duties here at the paper – but no one could ever really replace her. We will miss you!
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.