If you don’t like a little sap, stop reading. Things are about to get pretty cheesy.
It is not very often that you find a group of people that you not only enjoy working with, but enjoy socializing with outside the office.
Yes, I know it is possible, but this is the first job I’ve held where it has been the case. (For the record, I know I’m young, but I’ve had a lot of jobs over the last decade or so).
But here at The Press, our little group celebrates each other’s achievements and shares in everyone’s sorrows.
We play softball together each Monday night, go out to dinner together, host barbecues for each other and attend big events like a little one’s second birthday.
This weekend, many of us will celebrate the joining of two of our own in marriage — Justin Sheely and Hannah Wiest.
I met Justin first. He was in the same Leadership Sheridan County class as I was and he always had a camera with him. When our staff photographer left for the big city (Cheyenne), I started thinking about who I knew that could take his place. Justin and his ever-present camera came to mind. So, I got in touch and he joined The Press staff.
Shortly after that, our government reporter at the time let me know that she would not be returning from maternity leave. So, the search for another staff member began.
Justin mentioned that his girlfriend used to be a reporter in Casper. What? Really? Ask her to apply!
So she did, and Hannah joined us at The Press as well.
If you didn’t know the two were dating, you’d never know it by watching them in the newsroom. They interact as friends and professionals. The only clue to their relationship are the cute messages on sticky notes that appear on their desks from time to time.
As a newsroom, we’ve held a wedding shower for the pair and as a newspaper staff we pitched in to send them on a dinner cruise while they are on their honeymoon. We are so excited for these two lovebirds.
If that wasn’t cheesy enough for you, here it is. We’re like a family — almost exactly. We spend a lot of time together. We laugh together, cry together, argue with each other and bicker about really stupid things sometimes. But we always get over it and always have each others’ backs.
So here’s to Hannah and Justin, a piece of my work family. I couldn’t possibly be happier for the two of you.