Tonawanda News — It’s been more than three years since I took over as features editor for the Tonawanda News and only a handful of months since that section was combined with that of the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal and the Niagara Gazette and I was named the Sunday Lifestyle editor.
In that time, there have been two articles that were particularly difficult for me to write: my very first column, introducing myself to you, and this one, my farewell column.
That first article, in which I introduced myself, was difficult to write mostly because I was so unsure. It had been years since I wrote for a newspaper — and it was a college paper at that. I started off with this newspaper group as a page designer and becoming a writer and editor was a scary venture for me at the time.
Would I use the right words? Would our readers think I was some bumbling idiot from Texas? Would I make my editor — and friend — Eric DuVall happy with his decision to hire me?
I wrote of my excitement for living in Western New York, my love for my adopted hometown and my joy at being paid to write about it.
I’m no longer so unsure of myself. I’ve grown leaps and bounds since that first day in November 2010 and I have my colleagues and readers here to thank for that.
My difficulty now is the fact that I’m leaving Western New York and returning to the state of my birth, Texas.
I’m not sad to return to the Dallas area. I love that city and my friends and family there dearly. But I also love the people I’ve grown to know as my family here.
I’ve been in a no-win situation since I stepped foot on the Canisius campus in 2000 and fell in love with Buffalo — whether I stayed in Western New York or left to return to Texas, I’d be missing someone, someplace.