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Did you ever have one of those days?

Well, yesterday (Saturday) I had a whopper.

Tonight (Sunday) at midnight, the August Magazine should be up on the website, but…

Last week, one of my granddaughters turned eight. For her gift I gave her a Smurf day. The movie didn’t release until this weekend, so we chose Saturday for the day. We went to Build-a-Bear to purchase a Smurfette and adorn her in clothing, (and drop a quick $50), then we were off to the Smurf movie (to drop another quick $50). While my husband grumbled, I had to remind him of the $60.00 per ticket we paid for the Huey Lewis concert in August. It’s all relative.

Just before the movie started, I got a call from my sister-in-law. I quickly silenced my phone, and sent her a quick text telling her we were at the movie, and asked if everything was OK. I didn’t hear from her.

When the movie (finally) ended, I called her. She did have bad news. My best friend from school had died and her funeral was that afternoon at 3:00. We had just enough time to get home and change to make it.

My friend Lori and I were pretty much inseparable from 9th grade on. It was 1969…I was new to the school and didn’t know many people. Lori sat across from me in art class. She was a fiery redhead with a personality to match. I didn’t like her and it was obvious that she didn’t like me. But somehow, just like in the teen movies, barriers were stripped and we became friends–eventually, best friends.

After my marriage, we tried hard to stay close, but my nights of club-hopping and dancing were over, and hers just beginning. We drifted apart, but kept in touch with the occasional phone call. Finally, we joked, the only time I heard from her was when someone we knew died. She came to my parent’s funerals, and I hers.

On the way home from her funeral, my heart was heavy with the regret we so often feel at not keeping in touch with friends from our past.

But, friends from our present are important too. It was my friend Melanie’s birthday and we agreed to have her birthday party at my house because we have a pool. While her birthday was Saturday, the party was scheduled for Sunday.

I knew that in order to enjoy the party, I would need to put the finishing touches on the August issue of Utah Boomers Magazine that night.

I was working diligently…making sure the table of contents matched the actual pages, running spell check…doing all the final tasks to ready a publication for print. Then it happened…the fatal error. Everything was gone. No August edition.

I know what you’re asking. Didn’t you back it up? The answer, sadly, is no. I made the mistake that someone of my experience has no right making. In fact, I would probably fire someone for the same transgression.

Like so many of us these days, I work from both my office and my home. My transport system is a thumb drive. To save time (I can hear the chuckles) I had the entire magazine, photos, word documents, illustrations, advertisements, and the magazine layout itself, on this thumb drive. The same thumb drive that decided in the 11th hour to self-destruct.

There is one thing you should know about me. I am normally able to evaluate a problem, and come up with a solution without emotion, anger, or panic. Not this time. I cracked. I sobbed and sobbed. I cried for Lori, I cried for the lost magazine, and I cried because I never do cry. Nobody quite knew what to do with me, having never seen this phenomenon. I got hugs from my husband, son and granddaughters. The more they hugged the harder I cried.

Once the waterworks were exhausted, I calmly went about the business of recreating the magazine. What made me think I could recreate a magazine in 24 hours that has taken me a month to create in the first place, I’ll never know. The graphics alone would take me a week, and the writing… ugh.

By 3:00 am I began to see the futility of it, and went to bed.

So…this morning I am faced with a decision. Do I call off the birthday party for a dear friend, while still aching with regrets over losing another?  Or do I apologize to you, the reader, for not posting a hurried and unprofessional recreation of the August issue?

I’m sorry to announce there will not be an August issue.

Teresa Glenn

One Response to “Did you ever have one of those days?”

  1. Roger Thompsonr says:

    You made the right decision. As you learned, our friends and family will not be around for ever. An online magazine pales in comparison to the treasure of these relationships, I have lost far too many family members and friends, I regret not saying some things and not spending time with many. As far as an online magazine, it will be there next month. Our loved ones, we never know.