After two and half years of sharing everything from my roller coaster rides at Silverwood to the adventure of painting the front door of my house, it's come time for me to say good-bye and thank you.
Today is my last day at the Daily Sun News. Before I continue I want everyone to know that I debated whether or not to write a column announcing this fact to the world. The deciding factor for me ending up being that I didn't necessary want to announce my departure as much as I wanted to take the time to say thank you to everyone I have met during my time at the newspaper.
Working at the newspaper has been more than getting to know all of my co-workers and learning the lay of the town. There is a lot more to Sunnyside than that.
When I first started working here I thought that because I did all of my regular shopping in Sunnyside I knew what was going on. I was wrong.
I didn't know that to get from one side of town to the other the shortest length can oftentimes mean cutting across the hill. I didn't know that when you want a picture taken you can always count on Bill Flower to bring along the best props. I also didn't realize just how easy it was going to be to make friends in Sunnyside.
This is the first time I can genuinely say that I am sad to be leaving the community in which I've worked for so long.
It didn't occur to me until just the other day that the reason I'm so sad to leave this place is because of all of the friends I've made in my time here, and all of the people I've gotten to know.
I have a long, long list of people I know I can count on if I need something. This is a community that cares. Looking back, I know I've written other columns that touch on this fact. This is a community where if you find yourself stranded in the countryside, someone will offer to help. This is a community where when I wrote about not having a dining room table, a complete stranger called me that afternoon to offer me hers.
On more than one occasion I've been touched by the people in Sunnyside and that is what I'm going to miss the most.
So I just want to take a moment to say good-bye and thank you to everyone I've worked with during my time here. I've enjoyed every minute of it.
. Elena Olmstead can be contacted at (509) 837-4500, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org