In both cases, it is very hard to say good-bye, but fortunately for Jessica, she will only be a phone call or a letter away. Jessica is going on to the big city of Atlanta to join another newsroom, and while we will most definitely have someone to cover sports here next week, it won’t be the same without her.
Jessica is quite a talented young lady, and we are very fortunate to have had her situated in Sampson County for so long, and hopefully she will come back to visit soon. She had a real gift for writing, and I could always tell that she really cared about the people around her, and the sports she covered, and while that may seem easy, it isn’t. Trust me. She will be greatly missed in this newsroom, but I am sure she will pave her own way to success, the same way she did here.
At the same time I am saying good-bye to Jessica, I am also having to think of my friend Sandy. I have known her literally my entire life. In fact, some of my earliest memories of Saturday mornings were of spending time with her and her sons, Lee and Tom. While Lee, Tom and I would watch cartoons or play outside, my mom and Sandy would be inside talking and eating cream cheese and olive sandwiches with potato sticks at our kitchen table.
The one thing I am going to miss about my friend Sandy is her willingness to listen to me. No matter how crazy I may have seemed at times, she was always there for me with some wisdom of her own and a funny story attached to it.
While these two phenomenal women never knew each other,they are both equally important in my life, and I am forever grateful for the friendships that developed from just knowing both Jessica and Sandy.
Katie Holland can be reached at 910-592-8137, ext. 136, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.