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April 10, 2009 - Summer Wallace-Minger
Today, we said goodbye to our managing editor, Sue Azzarello (soon to be Jones).
Sue is one of those people who light up a room just by walking in, giving her big, brilliant smile and a breezy "hi!"
Most of the time, she'd arrive in the morning, flip on the lights and welcome the day while we writers hunched over our keyboards and hissed or scuttled under our desks like cockroaches. (Okay, maybe a little bit of exaggeration there, but you get the point.)
In the two years I've worked at the Daily Times, I've never seen her angry or discouraged. A woman of unshakeable faith, she takes on every obstacle with the certainty that, with God, courage and family, she will overcome.
Sue is one of those people who are beautiful inside and out, but don't know it. I don't mean that she's one of those people who's so down on themselves that their constant whining makes you want to put them out of their (and your) misery, I mean someone who is completely unaware of their personal appeal. And that just makes them more appealing.
The whole world seems to have turned in on itself anymore, and we're all about examining ourselves and all of our traits, both good and bad. It's a breath of fresh air to see someone who is outward turned, someone who cares more about what they can do to better other people's lives than what they can do to better their own.
I don't want you to think the girl's a saint - she's still one of the girls, who you can have a laugh and a drink with, but she's still special, still something else.
I'm sad to see her go, but I am excited for her new opportunities - a new husband, new home and maybe even a new career. So many good things are happening to my friend, it would be selfish not to celebrate it.
Here at the papers, we really are a weird and dysfunctional little family. We don't always like each other or get along well, but we share a lot of triumphs and losses. We circle the wagons around when one of our own needs it.
Sometimes, it is just time to let people go, so they can be happy and reach their fullest potential. We want to keep them with us, and maybe they would still be happy, but there would always be a "what if."
A "what if" is a horrible thing to live with. Almost as bad as an "if only."
Sue, thank you for the time we've shared together. Thanks for the talks, the encouragement, the advice, the shared jokes and the laughter. Thanks for being exactly who you are and for being not only my boss, but my friend.
Goodbyes are only temporary; the bonds of friendship are forever. I look forward to seeing you again and hearing more about all the wonderful things going on in your life.
Grab on to happiness with both hands, Subilee, and God bless you.
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