Looking forward to 2016

Published 12:00 pm Monday, December 28, 2015

I’ve been doing a lot of reminiscing lately. The end of the year is usually a time of reflection, but this year is especially so. Life changes tend to make one a little more nostalgic.

Looking back on 2015, I was offered and accepted the job as managing editor of one of the most prestigious newspapers in the state of Mississippi in May, a dream for a newspaper man to work in a town with so many notable writers, not to mention how many incredible news stories are available.

Leaving my home, friends and family on the Mississippi coast was huge for a guy who does not like change. But I am so very glad that I made the decision to come to Lafayette County. I honestly had no idea this area was so full of news and it’s an incredible time to participate in chronicling the changes that seem to be taking place on a daily basis.

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I’ve made some great friendships and have met some awesome people. One thing I can say about the folks in Lafayette County is that they are opinionated and very welcoming to “outsiders.” That’s not always the case in some communities. But since Day One, folks in the community have been incredibly hospitable toward me, a stranger in a strange new town. It’s been quite an adjustment, but so many of my co-workers and many in the community have made the transition so much easier for me.

But the biggest adjustment for me came in October when my 20-year-old engaged daughter informed me she wanted to get married in January. Her marriage was something I’ve been expecting, but not in 2016. I gave my blessing and am looking forward to welcoming a new son into our family. He is an incredible young man who is marrying an amazing young lady, if I do say so myself.

It’s just the beginning of their new lives together and creating irreplaceable memories as a couple. They both came over for the traditional family Christmas Eve get-together at my parents’ home and I couldn’t help but think that this would be the last Christmas she and I will have with her as a single person. It brought back so many memories of her as a child and getting excited about Christmas. I miss those days, but I’m looking forward to what the future holds for her.

It’s been quite a year and I cannot wait to see what 2016 brings.

Rob Sigler is the managing editor of the Oxford EAGLE. Contact him at rob.sigler@oxfordeagle.com.