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New year, new changes, old face

January 1, 2012
By LESLIE LETUSICK - Copy editor , The Herald-Star

Remember me?

Feeling like you're having a deja vu moment?

If you are, you're a loyal reader of this newspaper and for that, I thank you. If you don't, well, you'll get to know me in the coming weeks.

It's been a while, a little more than five years actually. A lot has changed in my life as I am sure it has in yours. I have met new people and tried new things.

Some of you may have recognized me in a commercial from a few years back for a local optometrist. Or, maybe I sold some of you glasses while I worked for the mother of all department stores.

Don't get me wrong, I've liked the jobs I've had these past years. I have met some amazing people. But, it feels different here.

My husband still works for the same company, although they have changed their name about every other week. We still live in the same house and have the same 110-pound lovable Labrador retriever.

But one thing did change. We had an addition to our family.

Yes, my little family has grown by 2 feet, and I don't mean by 24 inches. I mean the cutest little baby feet I have ever seen (I may be a little biased). He is not a baby any more, though.

Little Man recently turned 3 and keeps me on my toes. I never knew how much someone so small could change my life in such big ways.

The first time I said "my son" was a strange moment for me. This miracle belonged to me and depended on me for everything, and he loves me unconditionally. He doesn't care if I am having a bad hair day or if I sing off-key. Although, on occasion, I may get tired of hearing it, "mommy" is the best word I have ever heard. It's hard to leave his smiling face to come to work, especially after being at home with him for the better part of three years. But I know he's OK. And I know I'll be OK.

Funny how things change but yet, in a way, don't really change at all. I had a baby. I am now a mom and a working girl, but overall, I haven't changed much.

In the newsroom, most of the faces are the same. The matriarch of the newsroom retired while I was gone. Reporters have come and gone.

But when I go to work, even after all these years, I feel like I am home. How many people can say that?

From my family to yours, have a very happy new year.

(Letusick, a resident of Rayland, is a copy editor for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times.)

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