The day was black and cold as I sat down to write this article. Apocalyptic winds and a record-breaking temperature of “-9” degrees Fahrenheit outside confirmed the news forecasters’ warnings that 2022 planned to make a historic exit. And many of us around the country experienced its thrashing. For me, the tumultuous weather was befitting of my mood as I mourned the recent loss of both of my parents—my mom to cancer and my dad to the heartbreak of losing her.
Yet during those stormy days came a gentle flurry of comforting condolences from my NCSTJ colleagues from all over the country. Through hand-written cards and emails, their messages served as reminders of why the NCSTJ is so meaningful both professionally and personally—the opportunities for unique connections, valuable learning, and fond memories. So, as I wrote this article from my chambers in Delaware, my thoughts traveled to South Carolina, where my time at the NCSTJ Spring Planning connected me to brighter moments, now fond memories, from this past year.