It’s kind of hard to believe my family and I have been in Caledonia for six months now. You’d think in a town this size we would have already experienced all the great things the community has to offer and would be settling into some sense of normal. Yeah, right. We still can’t get over how many unique, family-friendly events there are to enjoy.
Winter Wonderland and the hot air balloon rally were really something to behold. The way the hot air balloons suspended themselves midair, dotting the countryside like Christmas ornaments on a tree was something I have never seen before.
It was also exciting to prepare for last week’s snowpocolypse. Those of us who were born in the Midwest don’t mind a dousing of winter weather, especially at Christmas. We know to heed road condition warnings and buy an extra gallon of milk when the meteorologists say bad weather is coming.
Quillin’s was a mad house the afternoon before the storm, and the aisles were filled with laughter and jokes about how bad it could get. In the end it wasn’t the snow that made traveling poor, but the unrelenting wind and drifts.
I ventured out in the storm feeling kind of giddy about the weather. We are, after all, a family who goes outside to look when the tornado sirens blow. As I drove my husband’s truck around Caledonia and watched the wind whip snow off rooftops into waves below, I saw a similar twinkle in the eyes of passing truck drivers.
It never failed that every time I passed another driver we’d look at each other, smile and wave, as if saying, “I won’t tell if you won’t tell.”
I was driving like 18 miles an hour, but it was kind of thrilling to see who else was out.
I feel like there’s so much more to look forward to in the coming months as well. The Lions Club is hosting a trivia night in February, and I can’t wait to demonstrate how much I know about nothing. That’s been a standing joke among newspaper journalists — that we know everything about nothing. Just the other day I was talking with a colleague about penguins and what gives them the ability to propel themselves out of the water like rockets. It’s a special muscle adaptation in the skin around their quills, if you were wondering.
Yep, everything about nothing.
I’m also volunteering in January on the school district’s mission committee, a committee being formed to help create a vision for the schools. I’m both excited and nervous about the job that lies before the committee. The district’s mission statement will be used to guide future decisions, and goodness knows there’s a lot of tough decisions ahead for the district.
As I look forward with enthusiasm and hope for the coming year, I want to thank all the people in Houston County who have been so warm and welcoming to our family. From politicians to coaches, volunteers to business owners, your invitations and participation in the news process is greatly appreciated and not taken for granted.
The Caledonia Argus is a community newspaper that cannot be sustained without involvement, feedback and partnerships. We look forward to building our business relationships, sharing information and being active participants in our community.
To my colleagues at the Argus, I thank you for your commitment to putting out a phenomenal product week after week despite challenges. To my family, friends, contacts, acquaintances and everything in between, I wish you the very best in the coming year. Undoubtedly, life will throw a few curve balls and the pace will prove challenging at times, but if we all keep joking in the grocery store and waving at each other in snowstorms, we’ll maintain the right heading.
You can contact Emily Bialkowski at firstname.lastname@example.org