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I Have a Very Special Gift

A Column by the Editor

web posted September 30, 2016
COLUMN   As I sit here updating the news for today. I can't help but take a moment to reflect.

If you would have asked me five years ago where I saw my life going, I can promise you one thing, I wouldn't have pictured it this way.

A year has now gone by since the day my father, Roy Blackwell, and your editor, went to be with our Heavenly Father. It's hard to believe it's already been a whole year. I know you all miss him dearly. I know like me, this year has not been the same for you. We all know Edgefield Daily isn't the same. But for the readers, I would like to thank you. I would like to thank you all for your encouraging words, and continued support throughout this year. I thank all the readers who share with me  memories, and email conversations they had with my dad. You'll never know how much it has meant.

But through all of this, I have realized I have a very special gift. I have over 10+ years of archived writings done by my dad. Anytime I want to hear his voice all I have to do is pull up an editorial and there he is. It's a very special, unique thing, and I have to say, I'm blessed.

He loved Edgefield Daily. Writing, and reporting was his life. Literally. He rarely ever left Edgefield, and no vacation was complete without at least a few dozen phone calls in reference to updating the website.

As a child, I was dragged to county meetings by my parents. I didn't mind though, I got juice and crackers, and the news station came to the house once to interview my dad. The whole family was on camera and boy did I think I was cool! But, little did I know, I was being taught something bigger. I was being taught how important it was to be involved in the community. I learned why politics were so important. I learned my duty as a citizen, and I learned just how much it bothered me to hear other people say "oh I don't care about politics, that's boring." 

My dad was one of a kind. He never thought twice about helping someone in need, and he was a strong believer in doing the right thing. I went with him as he would report on fires, and car wrecks. I learned most importantly how important it is to drive safely, and to be careful, and just how precious life really is.

I am still learning things from my dad to this day, even though he may not be here physically anymore. I've learned how important it is to love honestly. I've learned how important family is, and the power of friendship. I have learned many new Bible verses, by updating the "Verse of the Day" every day. And I am still learning new things about this website. Like just yesterday I learned there are two "contact us" sections on here, which by the way has been updated.

Even though I didn't know until a few weeks before his passing that I would be in charge of Edgefield Daily I am so thankful for the opportunity it has provided me. I've gotten to know many of our amazing  readers, I have seen how wonderful all of our advertisers are, not just the business side, but they're all terrific people. Best in the county. But most of all I am thankful to be continuously learning from my dad. Learning to write, quote, cite, speak to strangers, and how to deal with awkward situations. I truly have a special gift.

Thank you daddy. I love you.

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