We have family, we have friends and we have acquaintances. Our co-workers, many times, become some of our best friends. We spend as much time with them as we do our family members. Our acquaintances may very well become our future best friends.
Most of you know the Manila Town Crier office was closed in September and we moved in with the Blytheville Courier staff. I mentioned before they welcomed us and have made us feel right at home. That helped us make the transition very smooth. It is not always easy to change once we get set in our ways but we all know change is a way of life.
Tina Anderson, who worked part time for the Courier, opened her space to me we shared an office. I have to say Tina quickly moved from my acquaintance to my friend
A former nurse and mother, she was starting on a new career with the newspaper at the age of 47. It was obvious she was enjoying her job and seemed to love coming to work.
She always came in with a smile and what she called “a positive attitude.” She wrote a “positive person” article each week featuring people throughout the community.
We left the office on Tuesday, Oct. 30, said our goodbyes as usual. My husband had a doctor's appointment in Little Rock on Wednesday so I left on Tuesday with, 'see you Thursday, have a good Halloween.'
I was shocked on Thursday morning to discover Tina had passed away Wednesday night.
I will miss her.
Sometimes people come into our lives for a very short time but leave a long time impression. I will say Tina is one of those people. She did not meet a stranger and she was always willing to offer a helping hand and a kind word.
I am writing this as a reminder to be sure and let your friends and family know you appreciate them. We never know when our goodbye might be the last one we get to share.
Tina will be missed by her family and her long time friends but she will also be missed by her new friend.
She told me she wrote music, sang and played the guitar. I am sorry to say I did not have the opportunity to hear her sing.