Thursday, January 10, 2013
Going back to normal
I’ve heard it said a lot this week.
“I’m glad to be getting back in the groove.”
They’re referring, of course, to putting the Christmas and New Year’s holiday period behind them and returning to somewhat of a normal schedule.
The holidays are part of a special time of the year, but by January 2, most are ready to resume their routine.
This year’s holidays fell on about the worst day possible as far as newspaper deadlines.
Christmas and New Year’s were on consecutive Tuesdays, which is typically a busy production day for laying out the pages of The South Reporter and getting The Pigeon Roost stuffed with advertising circulars and delivered to the post offices.
Instead, we revamped our deadlines and got the tasks done early, even finishing up The Pigeon Roost on the Saturday morning before Christmas.
We managed to take two days off for Christmas and a day off for New Year’s. We were blessed. Days off don’t come very often in this business.
For us, it would be great if all holidays were on Fridays. But we adjust and roll with the flow.
Last week (on January 2) I was running a newspaper delivery route in Holly Springs and more than once, someone said, “I forgot today is Wednesday.”
Instead, I guess it felt like Mondays to most.
Monday, classified customers called, and at least one or two asked, “Is the deadline back to normal now?”
“Yes,” we responded, “Monday at 10 a.m.”
It was great hearing the phone ring and ring and ring Monday morning – like a typical Monday as we kick off the production of The Pigeon Roost News and The South Reporter. And it was great seeing regular customers and new ones coming through the door.
As we begin 2013, we thank all of you for advertising in and reading your community weekly newspapers.
The holidays bring increased household sizes to many families, too.
We added two children back to the household – as Emma and Andy took about a four-week vacation from their classes at the University of Southern Mississippi.
They’re both returning to Hattiesburg this week.
Emma goes back to USM excited and a bit somber, too. She will graduate in May. She is looking forward to that next big step in her life, but she’s also sad about leaving a place she loves, Southern Miss. She may end up staying there for graduate school – that’s still up in the air.
Andy, our college freshman, is considering different minors to go with his sports coaching education major. He is also going back to Hattiesburg a bit early to pursue a part-time job.
And, like most local school children, our fifth grader, Erin, returned to classes Tuesday morning, but not too eagerly.
We managed to get her out of bed on time – after many days of staying up late and giggling with her big sister, and then sleeping late, almost 12 noon some days.
I remember those days myself – a long time ago.
By the time you are reading this column, it’s likely gotten a lot quieter around the Burleson household.
Now, I can long for the next holiday – filled with crazy schedules and family.
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