It seems as if we just met, and now I'm bidding you farewell.
Today's edition marks my final one as The Post and Courier's community news editor. I'll be leaving the paper at the end of the week to move to Seattle, where my husband has been offered a job too fabulous to pass up.
I hope you've found our time together to be fun and informative. It's been my pleasure bringing you slices of life from your community, and although you didn't know my name or face until recently, I'd been supplying your national and international news and writing headlines that made you laugh (or cringe) for some 6 1/2 years before we were formally introduced.
It's my sincere hope that you'll continue to share your stories and suggestions with Stephanie Harvin, who takes the community news helm Monday.
When I asked readers for their Lowcountry Bucket List suggestions a few columns ago, I didn't dream that I'd be sharing my own this soon.
I already revealed my most-treasured spot -- Edisto Beach -- but here are a few more that will forever define the Lowcountry in my mind.
S.C. Highway 61: The best way to travel between Summerville and West Ashley. Sure it'll take you a little longer to get to your destination, but sometimes it pays to slow down and enjoy a drive underneath the giant canopies created by beautiful old trees.
The Joe: Baseball, after all, is America's sport. There isn't a bad seat in the house during a RiverDogs game, and nothing beats an inexpensive night out with friends or the family, especially when Friday night fireworks are involved.
The IOP Connector: Technically, it's just a road to the beach. But when you hit the highest point heading toward the island and catch that first glimpse of the ocean, your eyes can't help but light up as you prepare to breathe in the salty air and dip your toes in the water.
Downtown Summerville: Just minutes from Interstate 26 and the hustle and bustle of big-box stores lies a throwback to the days when the corner drugstore doubled as the best lunch spot in town. Historic Main Street reminds you to take time to stop and smell the azaleas.
Cumberland's: It's not there anymore, but if you went while the live music mecca was still alive and kicking, consider yourself lucky. I met that guy who I'm following to the West Coast there, on the last night that it was open.
Thank you, Lowcountry, for seven great years.
Reach community news editor Jessica Runnels Rourk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 937-5510.