It has been four months since I last wrote for The Daily Record and I am glad that I am once again able to have that opportunity. It gives me an opportunity to reflect on what has, on all fronts, been a very active period in my life. It reminds me this life teaches us new lessons every day.
I have learned that working at newspapers for more than 20 years left ink on my hands that will never completely be washed off. Writing again feels natural. It is a part of who I am.
At least for me, it truly is like riding a bicycle, I will never forget how to do it. That is due to no talent of my own, but a gift I consider to be from God. It will likely be something I am doing even deep into retirement.
You could say life has come at me quickly since I gave up my desk at The Daily Record in August. That would be the equivalent to saying the Grand Canyon is a little hole in the ground, Old Faithful is a little fountain or President Trump uses a “little” spray tan and hair spray.
Since I last wrote for The Daily Record I have started two new jobs, left one job, had an accident, lost an election and dealt with other obstacles in my personal life that will remain just that, personal. It has been a wild ride to say the least.
These experiences have taught me a few lessons, most of which I already knew. I’ve learned that I can depend on my family, friends, church members and others. I would hate to think of traveling these roads without those people behind me.
In my return to teaching in the same system that gave me my diploma now 32 years ago, I have learned something I already knew, that Harnett has outstanding educators.
From the central office down to the individual schools, I have seen individual teachers, custodial staff, support staff, principals and central office staff do their jobs each day out of a love for children.
I have seen a group of people who do not receive the recognition they deserve. Though true of teachers everywhere, that is particularly true of teachers here, who could easily drive a few miles further for significantly higher salaries, but choose to practice their trade here. Almost all are much more qualified to do so than I am, but I look forward to learning more each day.
I’ve learned a few other things through the storms of the last few months. My accident has taught me what a mess our insurance system really is. On one day I received a letter saying my vehicle was a total loss at the same time a local body shop received a check to repair the same vehicle. The fact it is on the road today proves the experts, who repaired it, are just that, experts.
My loss in a small town election reminded me that I need to stay out of small town politics. To quote the great Forest Gump, “Thats all I’m going to say about that.”
The last few months taught me as much as anything else that I am blessed to live where I do, when I do and with whom I do. I am proud that I can once again share some of these experiences with the fine readers of this outstanding publication. I look forward to once again doing so on a regular basis.
Tom Woerner is a former reporter with The Daily Record and editor of the Harnett County News. He can be reached at email@example.com.