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Tough to say goodbye

Sunday, April 15, 2012

There are so many songs named, "Goodbye."

But none of those songs really explain how difficult it is to say goodbye to someone.

Recently, The Brazil Times bid adieu to one of its longest-tenured associates, Robin Yocom.

Robin was such a joy to work with.

Daily, she always seemed to be in great spirits.

Sure, like everyone, she had her bad days, and you could tell.

But for the most part, she truly enjoyed working.

I've always felt more comfortable expressing myself in the form of poetry, words or song. Telling someone how I feel -- face to face -- is, sometimes, difficult.

So I thought it fitting to tell Robin goodbye in this space.

While she is moving on to greener pastures, she will be missed.

Greatly.

For the past several years, Robin has been the point person in the office for community news, in addition to church news and our weekly neighbors columns.

She had a wealth of knowledge regarding the programs we use for our operation.

She was easily accessible. There have been several times when I found myself needing an answer to a problem and I would pick up the phone and call Robin. Or I could e-mail her and she'd get back to me practically right away.

When I first came to The Brazil Times in 1997, I was hired by Jim Dressler to cover sports.

At the time, Robin worked in the Composing Department.

While I knew who she was, I didn't speak much with her when I first came here.

Since then, she's worn many hats. And she has worn them well.

When I came back in 2007, Robin was a jack-of-all-trades, so to speak. She did many things for the paper. While still working in composing, she also did work for the news department.

In 1997, Robin's son, was a very small youngster.

Since then, he has grown up to be a very nice young man. For example, he and his father helped me with a weed eater recently (which works by the way. I can't thank you enough).

It's always strange to see the development of a child over time. How when they are so small and then 10 years later, they're on their way to adulthood.

In the case of Robin's son, he's not far from graduation.

I guess while younger people are growing up, I'm just getting old.

But it is tough to say goodbye to someone who you have respected for so long.

It's difficult to watch them leave.

But I wish Robin nothing but the best and hope for success for her and her family.

Still, it will be difficult walking in here every morning and not seeing Robin at her desk, with her customary breakfast, checking over e-mails and various other items.

The saying goes, "Life goes on."

And it does. But that doesn't make goodbye any easier.