We just finished our annual Valentine’s issue. This year we had 120 photographs submitted by parents, grandparents, and aunts and uncles. It is always nerve-wracking as we print names, names, and yet more names underneath each of the photos identifying the kids then make sure we get everything spelled correctly, always hoping that what looked like someone’s handwritten “o” wasn’t an “e” instead. Usually that doesn’t come out until after it is in print.
I guess that’s what made me think of the game where you pick a daisy and with each petal you remove you determine if that special someone “loves you” or “loves you not”. As a small-town newspaper editor I kind of feel that way sometimes. One minute someone loves you for something you wrote or did for them in that week’s issue, and the next issue, well you goofed up or printed something they didn’t like or agree with and then they love you not.
It really used to get to me but I have finally arrived at the point that I realize that you can’t please all of the people all of the time, and really not even some of the people some of the time.
Hopefully, this year’s Valentine’s issue will please the parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles involved. If it doesn’t…well there is always another petal…and another issue.