Hey there! Did you miss me?
I’m back at the news desk after a 12-week maternity leave, and I’ve got to say, “It’s great to be back!”
I’ve throughly cherished the past three months with my family, especially with our newest addition, our third daughter, Inez, but man, was I ready to be back at work.
I’ve missed seeing the faces of the community and having my finger on the pulse of what’s going on around us. While I took a hard step back from news when I left in June, I still looked forward to Wednesdays and Saturdays when my BCR hit the mailbox. I couldn’t wait to read about the happenings of our communities and get a glimpse of the outside world through the printed photos. You see, I stayed home a lot this summer with the newborn, so pictures were a great escape for me.
It’s definitely a new appreciation seeing the pages of the newspaper when I have no idea what’s coming out each edition. I looked forward to seeing what made the cover, I couldn’t wait to read about Princeton City Council’s decision on chickens, I enjoyed scanning all the little briefs to see who was hosting the pancake breakfast or lunch in the park each week and most of all, possibly my favorite spread of the summer, was seeing all the Back to School faces of the kiddos around Bureau County. I loved that! Did you see my daughter made the section with her first day of kindergarten photo? I promise I had no idea that was going to happen. It was a neat surprise when I opened the paper and she jumped for joy when she saw herself there on the page. Thank you to Kevin Hieronymus for putting that together. Perhaps, that can be a new BCR tradition in the future.
Did everyone have a great summer? I did; Even though it was filled with dirty diapers, lots of spit up and a handful of sleepless nights. Ahhh, a mother’s paradise. While the days seemed super long some weeks, the time was extremely short. Some will say I was lucky to have a long summer vacation, but know it was no vacation. It was still work, longer hours of work even, just a different kind of “9 to 5.” And although this is our third daughter and it seems it should be easy by now to say goodbye when going back to work, there were still tears in my eyes when we parted on my first morning back at the paper. How do babies do that?
We didn’t get to travel much this summer with the baby, but we did manage a few trips to Springfield where my folks live. While there, I did get to see Abraham Lincoln’s home from the outside (didn’t tour it) and that was pretty cool. I walked through the old Lincoln neighborhood and made a note that I need to revisit again soon. Definitely some really cool preserved history. But that’s the extent of summer travel for our family.
My oldest daughter, Olive, stayed super busy taking part in the Princeton Junior Woman’s Club Safety Town program in June. She loved it, and we got a kick out of watching her show off her “Go,” “Stop” and “Yield” bike moves during the graduation ceremony. She also took part in the youth soccer camp in July, which was super beneficial for her before she started the fall youth season at the beginning of August. I so appreciate the soccer league and local high school for putting that on for the kids.
We also got to experience our first school supply shopping trip where we spent basically a fortune on backpacks, a lunchbox, shoes, crayons, glue sticks, pencils, folders and Kleenex boxes. Holy moly, I have a new respect for all the moms and dads out there scrambling to find every last item on their kids’ school supply list. I definitely can wait a whole year before I have to do that again. I’ve learned to start doing it in July before everything is picked over.
But enough on that. I’m looking forward to the fall and cooler weather. I can’t wait for Homestead. My girls are super excited about the parade.
I’ve got room for feature story ideas, so please don’t hesitate to reach out and let me know what’s going on or share about something you think might make a great story. I’m always open to ideas. Looking forward to chatting with you soon!
Goldie Rapp is the Assistant Regional News Editor of the Bureau County Republican, NewsTribune and Putnam County Record. She can be reached at email@example.com.