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Parting is such sweet sorrow

Published 4:14pm Tuesday, March 19, 2013

I realized as I pondered my column topic this morning that this will probably be the last column I will write for The Outlook. 

I am officially starting my last full week here at TPI, and it’s extremely bittersweet.

I have accepted a communications position with Regions Bank in my hometown of Birmingham – and while I’m thrilled to be have banker’s hours and be so close to my family and so many of my college friends, I’m sad to leave.

I will miss my days of writing and page designing.

I will miss the friendly faces I’ve come to know in Alexander City and the little town that has become like a second home.

But mostly, I will miss the co-workers who have become friends – so to them I dedicate my final column.

Circulation manager Kim Waldrep, thanks to you I have eaten lunch at some of the best restaurants in town. I can always count on you to make me laugh, and I love to hear your stories.

Advertising director Tippy Hunter, I had no idea someone else had the same quirks about Diet Coke as I do. I will think about you every time I go to a restaurant and they ask if ‘Diet Pepsi will be all right?’

Classifieds manager ‘Miss Linda’ Ewing, if I could imagine a real life version of a fairy godmother, it would be you. Your creativity is only outdone by your kindness, and I will miss you terribly.

Advertising representative Daniel Goslin, thanks to you I now answer to the nickname “Pemp’in.” If I ever find another Auburn Magic 8 Ball, I will mail it you.

Thanks to former sports editor J.D. Cowart, I will forever check my husband’s office drawer for dip cans, and I now know the entire chorus of “We are the World.” J.D., I will miss your laugh and incredible sense of humor.

Mary Lyman Boone, thank you for being our newsroom mom. Since my very first day at The Outlook, you have gone above and beyond to make me feel welcome. You have an unmatched knack for hospitality.

Lacey Howell, I can always count on you to help me plan my life. I will miss our daily chats, and I really, really want to get together and drink wine.

‘Mr. Doug’ Patterson, I will miss having someone with whom I can discuss Auburn football, and I hope next year’s discussions are a lot more positive. War Eagle!

Magazine editor Betsy Iler, you have a sense of grace of which I am in awe. Thank you for being such a fabulous example and for letting me help you with the magazines.

Kenneth Boone, I cannot say thank you enough for this opportunity. You are one of the busiest people I’ve ever known, yet you are never too busy for any member of your staff. You’ve made time to show me around Alexander City, answer my lengthy lists of questions and teach me how to be a better photographer.

Virginia Spears, talking to you feels less like talking to a general manager and more like talking to one of my good friends. You have taught me so much about journalism, professionalism and how to excel in this industry.

To my fellow reporter Alison James, I’ve loved swapping stories and sharing our daily life struggles. I wish you and Christopher all the best, and I cannot wait to continue to read your stories.

To news editor Austin Nelson, I feel privileged to have gotten to learn from such an outstanding journalist and honored to have made such a good friend. Stop by our tailgate anytime; I’ll have a cocktail and personalized cup waiting on you.

During my time as a reporter, I’ve written about anniversaries, bills, community clubs, events, almost every United Way agency, county commission meetings and numerous school activities.

I’ve spent a lot of time with the Alexander City police department, toured Lyman Ward Military Academy and gotten the chance to go boating on beautiful Lake Martin.

I have finally learned how to navigate the roundabout in downtown Alexander City, had the best homemade ice cream I’ve ever tasted at Carlisle Drug’s and finally figured out how to get to Dadeville High School and Amtech.

To my relatives who have introduced themselves (especially Miss Mary Nell, who brought me the best homemade biscuits I’ve ever eaten), all of those who’ve graciously given me interviews and everyone who has been involved in my journey here in Alexander City – thank you. I’ve loved telling your stories, and you will always hold a special place in my heart.

Pemberton is a staff writer for The Outlook.