Happy Mother's Day

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

This Sunday, families across the country will gather to honor women who have kissed boo boos, cradled sick youngsters, tried to mend broken hearts and watched with both pride and heartbreak as their children have started college, careers and families of their own. Each year, I like to dedicate an editorial space to my mom, who has done so much to support and encourage me throughout my life. This year, in addition to my mom, I would like to recognize a few of the other exceptional women in my life.

First of all, there is Darlene Wierman. I know she is cringing right now as she reads her name in this editorial, but I want to recognize her this year before I leave the Cassville Democrat. Darlene has loyally served the Democrat and the Cassville community for 43 years. She has also been my sounding board and adviser since I began serving as the editor here. Although there have been times when I know she wanted to wring my neck, she has been here to give me the words, or scriptures, I needed to get through rough spots in life.

Next, I want to recognize my mentor, Lisa Schlichtman. Eight years ago, she took a chance on me. Then, she provided me with the tools to do my dream job. She gave me freedom and opportunities to work with all of the wonderful people in this community, and she has always offered positive feedback. When she moved into the executive editor position she allowed me to make the Cassville Democrat my own. She gave me the freedom to develop ideas for the newspaper and my own style for the publication's layout. Lisa teaches by example and by providing opportunities for improvement, which fosters a wonderful learning environment.

I also want to recognize all of the other women who have worked on the Cassville Democrat staff since I have been employed here. They have each offered friendship and support as I have grown in my journalism career.

The Barry County community is full of wonderful women who run businesses, serve as managers, volunteer in the community and care for and teach children. They each remind me of how fortunate I have been to be a part of this community. Of course, there are a few extra special women in my life who I must recognize by name, including: my mom, Barbara Deal; my mother-in-law, Anita Reed; and my wonderful sister-in-law, who is much more like a sister, Jessica Beeson. Thank you for everything you do for me.

At the end of this month, I will move into a new chapter of my life, which will allow me to focus on my job as a mom. I'm excited to stay at home with my daughter and watch her grow and learn. I know I am very lucky to have this opportunity.

As our country celebrates its 105th Mother's Day, I hope that all Barry Countians take time to honor the mothers and friends in their lives. Happy Mother's Day to all the women of Barry County!

Lindsay Reed