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Some things never change

Did you ever have one of those moments when you realize something about yourself that you have been denying for years? I had one of those last week.
Since college my friends have always teased me saying that I do not like change and I, thinking that I was a semi-cool, “go with the flow” kind of girl, always vehemently denied it to be true.
That is until last week when it was made painfully clear to me that contrary to popular belief (mine of course), I really don’t like change. I only realized this fact when the flow of how things work in our office was disrupted last week when our editor, Matt, left to get married and go on his honeymoon leaving the rest of us to fend for ourselves and pick up the slack.
(Note to self – we really need to be consulted before he goes on vacation for anything, including birthdays, birth of a child, anniversary etc.)
With his absence, I was in charge of trying to decipher the police reports, which to an average person mean nothing because of the series of codes for types of arrests and so on that left me calling the department to help me understand it all on a daily basis. Which probably means that as excited as I was to see Matt’s car when I pulled up on Monday morning, the police department was more excited to not have to deal with the newbie.
Having to deal with this added item on my agenda and also take on the things I am supposed to do on a daily basis completely threw me for a loop and I found myself wishing for a sudden outbreak of law abiding citizens so I didn’t have to read police reports.
Also, we had some help in the way of an employee from a sister paper in our company that came to be an extra body in the newsroom with Matt’s absence. He was a great guy with a lot of ideas and new ways to do things, which I have to say I wasn’t entirely on board with because of the fact they were new, which I realize is ridiculous.
I obviously did not share these feelings and we all worked well together, but in the back of my head, I knew he wasn’t staying, was most certainly not Matt and bringing about a few days worth of change that I’d have to deal with.
The exact moment I knew I was doomed to have to admit that I like things to be exactly the way they have always been was when I found myself leaving pages to be proofed for our publisher instead of giving them to the guy that was sent to help us out. Even though I am reluctant to admit it, I think that is a sure sign of needing some sort of an intervention.
I relayed this epiphany of mine to my best friend from college who knows me and my tendency to keep things the same, who welcomed my admission by telling me there are 11 more steps in this path to recovery. I hope she was kidding.
Don’t get me wrong I’m not obsessive to the point where I mirror the Kathy Bates character in the movie “Misery” where I know when anyone has touched things on my desk, but I am thinking I do need to finally admit that I have issues with change. So friends, mark this day on a calendar because I am freely admitting, “My name is Candie and I don’t like change!”

In keeping with my promise to spotlight random acts of kindness, Jeanette Lawrence sent me this information regarding a few kind souls that were in the right place at the right time.
“My husband and I were driving back to Ennis from Waxahachie when we had a tire blow out. He needed back surgery and could not change the flat himself and received help from three young men who refused to be compensated for their efforts. We were very grateful, angels are all around us.”

Candie Beck-Adams is the community editor at the Ennis Daily News and can be reached at candie@ennisdailynews.com

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