Iím 45 years old.
I have worked for newspapers for more than 20 years. During that time I have written more than 2,000 columns. Last year alone I won a national award within our corporation and two statewide awards for my work.
But Saturday I received the best award I have ever won.
My mother needed to trade in her car and buy a new one so I went down to offer my assistance.
We drove a few cars and mom made her decision. After we finished the process, we had to clean out her car and get all of her stuff from the old car into the new car.
That was a fun trip back into history. There were Statler Brothers cassette tapes, old CDs and enough unfolded and refolded maps to get the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria to the new world.
But there were a couple of things under that center console that I didnít expect to find ó copies of a few of my old columns.
I canít explain how that felt. I mean, sure, I send her a free copy of the paper every day. I knew she probably read the columns. I knew for certain that she would finish every Sudoku and Crossword puzzle.
When I asked her about why she carried them, she said she often shares my columns with her friends that donít already read them online.
Normally I would tell you I hate buying a car almost as much as I hate moving.
Both are worth the hassle in the long run, but neither process is fun at the time.
But Saturday was really nice.
When you are a kid, your parents putting your homework on the refrigerator is a good feeling. At 45, it still feels pretty nice.
Mom sharing my columns with her friends cancels out all of the angry readers from across the country who share their less favorable opinions with me.
Sometimes, the small things arenít so small.
ó Kent Bush is publisher of Shawnee (Oklahoma) News-Star and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kent Bush: Sometimes the small things aren’t so small
Iím 45 years old.