Columns by Terri Simon
One by one the Christmas decorations were hung on the tree. The mood was light and the smiles were abundant as each ornament was gingerly removed from its tissue paper wrapping inside the ornament boxes.
It was later in the evening on a Friday night, and the phone rang. I initially panicked a bit. After all, most of my friends were probably doing what I was doing (nodding out on the couch), and any relative who was calling me at that hour was probably in the midst of a crisis. The newspaper was already off the press, so I knew it wasn’t an office call.
Thanksgiving is just a few days away. No doubt your refrigerator and freezer are already showing the signs of an upcoming holiday feast, or you have your reservation written neatly on the calendar. Either way, most of us will be gathering with those we love on this annual holiday to spend valuable moments with those we hold most dear.
One part of my job which I truly enjoy are the opportunities I have to visit area schools. Sometimes I’m there to do an interview or take a photo, while other occasions find me in the halls of education to speak to a class about the newspaper business. Either way, I most always leave each school with a feeling of appreciation for the teachers who lead their students through the educational — and often the life skills — process.