My 4-year-old daughter is terrible with goodbyes.
If we’re having a good time at a friend’s house or visiting family or even at a restaurant where the waitstaff is keeping her entertained, there’s bound to be tears when we inform her it’s time to go.
“Sorry, kiddo,” we tell her, “but sometimes it’s just time to move on.”
And it’s come that time for me now.
I’ve been working with TriangleMom2Mom.com now for 3 1/2 years, writing weekly blog posts, coordinating weekly Ask and monthly Meet features for the site, updating our Facebook page and doing some other behind-the-scenes tasks. It’s been a great place for me to express all my own frustrations, joys and WTFs of parenting, and to read the same types of musings from my fellow bloggers and commenters on the site. It’s so nice for moms (and dads!) to know we’re not alone, and to have a supportive place like TriangleMom2Mom.com to come for deep thoughts and laughs alike.
A layoff nearly five years ago (while I was pregnant) shoved me into some pretty unsettled waters professionally, and since then I’ve been building a new career from the ground up, honing and adapting my skills as a reporter, writer and editor and learning to speak up for myself because there’s no boss to do it for me. Somehow, I’ve managed to stay afloat, but it’s a lot to juggle along with being a stay-at-home mom — I know a lot of you can relate.
I’ve decided to scale back my work commitments a bit to avoid becoming too overwhelmed to manage this mom gig. I’m not so great at goodbyes myself (guess I know where Nora gets it), but I’ll try not to cry about it. (It would help if someone would give me a lollipop!) News & Observer news researcher Peggy Neal will very ably take on my duties, and the best part of the site — the bloggers and local health experts who write each week — will continue to keep things fresh. As we parents know, kids provide an endless supply of things to talk about!
I’ll be checking in as much as I can, and I might just continue to post my thoughts and adventures on my own blog, Nuggets of Gold, from time to time.
My thanks to all of you for reading, and to the writers I’ve worked with whose words bring this site to life. Thanks to Teresa and other folks at the N&O for giving me this chance, and for understanding when I said it was time for me to go.
And, of course, thanks to Nora for a constant stream of material to write about and for frequent and pointed reminders that my first priority should, of course, be her.