I am participating in 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes 2019 (all of my submissions can be found here).
Today’s prompt is: PERSON
I was surprised to see one person mentioned during yesterday’s “in memoriam” moment at the conference I’m attending.
This is my first time at this conference, and I just completed a full year editing the newsletter for this group in September, so there are many things I’m still processing about an annual cycle. Being able to attend their conference makes a big difference in putting the pieces together and understanding how the people who (hopefully!) read the newsletter view their work.
Last year, a California city manager went missing. It was quite a mystery. We covered some of the logistics of that city council’s management of his absence — someone had to do his job in the interim. There was an investigation to be conducted and a reward to be offered.
Ultimately, when he was found deceased, I decided not to run that in the newsletter (rightly or wrongly).
Throughout the weeks between his disappearance and the discovery that he had died (he was found in his city vehicle, submerged in a lake), there were quite a few articles and there was a bit of conjecture about why he had disappeared. Was it on purpose? Was it a sudden medical issue?
Being me, I thought about this situation A LOT.
***end of five minutes***
What I didn’t know was that his peers would have an “in memoriam” segment at their conference. That his name would be among those lost this year. No asterisk, no questions. Just respect.
I appreciate being able to spend time with these people who (hopefully) read the newsletter I help produce.
And I appreciate the dignity accorded to John Wooner, former city manager of McFarland, Calif.
Wife of one, Mom of two, Friend of many.