As I end my time at the newspaper this week, I realize there is a lot I will miss. Seeing my byline makes my heart flutter. And when strangers stop me and ask, “Don’t you write for the newspaper?,” I’m flattered to be recognized.
Plus: I have noticed fellow dog owners responsibly bagging their dog’s waste, and then depositing it in the first personal garbage can they pass. Is the “pick up” the important task, or disposal choice just as important?
Standing on his tiptoes to see over the high counter, the young boy asked me to wrap his gift in the fanciest paper. “It’s for my mom,” he said as he slid the bag toward me. “Make sure to take off the prices. I don’t want her to know how much I spent.”
On Christmas Eve, John Floyd will read to his wife from the book of Matthew in the Bible, just as he has for 53 years. Instead of reading from their home in Port Townsend, for the fourth year in a row he’ll be reading at the Messenger House Care Center on Bainbridge Island.