There are certain things that happen every year that let us know the year is moving along. One of the biggest signs for me that summer is pretty much over, has always been going back to school. This week Campbell County schools opened their doors and students started class. This year, the start of school feels strange to me because for the first time in my life I will not be going back.
At the beginning of this month I began to feel the disappointment I am used to feeling when August comes around. This is because I have always associated this month with the end of summer vacation and the beginning of the school year. I guess spending 17 years in a classroom has left its mark on how I view the seasons. Summer has always been my favorite time of year. I still don’t know if this is because I prefer warm weather or if it’s because I always enjoyed vacation. I have some time ahead of me to figure this out.
As some of you may know, I moved here to join the staff at the LaFollette Press in May. I had graduated from Liberty University little more than a week before starting work.
This summer was full of unknowns for me. I came here knowing I had a job and a place to stay. I truly am blessed to have that much, considering the job market for graduating seniors. Still, I left behind all of my friends at college, and the state that had been my home for 22 years.
During my college years, I spent two summers working with Liberty’s seminary and the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia doing a block party ministry. Last summer I lived in southwest Virginia, and traveled to many churches throughout that region. On two of these trips I helped a church with block parties in Lee County. Before I first went to Lee County, like many Virginians, I did not realize my state stretched that far west, but thought Interstate 81 took people to the end of the line at Bristol. Campbell County reminds me a little bit of Lee County. I am not surprised to learn that Lee County is not far from here. Those two summers with the block party ministry really gave me an appreciation for where I am from. But God now has other plans for me.
This summer, like many of its predecessors, has been both an adventure and a learning experience. I enjoy my work at the Press, and being able to do what I had practiced in the classroom in college. I have also enjoyed being able to learn about Campbell County as I write stories for the Press. I have learned a lot in my short time here. The other week I was surprised at how quickly the summer has passed. I am used to changing tracks at summer’s end. Now that I’m not a student, I don’t go anywhere as fall approaches, but back to work. So I look forward to continuing to work here at the Press, and I can possibly learn to look forward to the fall.