That's the only word I can come up with today. It's not fancy or even descriptive--I'm actually not even sure it is a word. But it is exactly how I'm feeling. This week marks one month of me working at WVEC. What a month it has been. As I write this, I am sitting in my very own apartment, filled with my very own furniture and my very own hopes and dreams for the future. How strange that my home address now ends with Norfolk, VA.
There have been good days and bad days. Today was a good day. I got some great pizza with a new friend (yes, I'm making some). I went to work at a job I love and am still pinching myself for even having. And I was on ABC World News. With Diane Sawyer. Twice. (Eek!) As the newsroom lingered after our own show, then hushed when the story came on, I was almost bursting at the seams with excitement. I was also trying not to look like a gushing 13 year old school girl, but I doubt that was a success. The package began and we anxiously awaited for the clip that made my month. Finally, there I was--at the front door of Captain Owen Honors' home--again trying to conceal my feelings of shock and awe as I attempted to ask him about his story. It was no more than 5 seconds, and there was no trace of any recognizable feature other than the 13 News microphone and the back of my head (yes Mom, I know I should have brushed my hair). But it was awesome! It was an 'Eek!' moment that I will never forget.
The best part is, that wasn't the best part. The best feeling I've had in at least a month, but truthfully much longer than that, happened as my co-workers started clapping. Some even cheered. And they smiled at me with genuine pride and well wishes. How did I get this lucky? To have a room full of people I couldn't possibly respect and admire more, excited to have me as part of their team is beyond any expectation. They are the reason that I have had so many good days these last 4 weeks. They are the reason I know I'm going to be okay. ....Eek.