As I was preparing this week's front page, I was faced with a difficult, but not unpleasant, quandary.
I knew that the photo of the 2009 Queen's Court needed to be at the top of the page. This annual event, voted on by the students, allows for the Mason High School to recognize its favorite peer students. You may not remember much else from your days at Mason High; but, it's quite likely you remember who was in the Royal Court, especially if you were in that group.
Okay, one down.
Next up, a bit more difficult.
We already knew the Punchers were going into the playoffs last week, and had honored them accordingly. Until this last weekend, we didn't have the playoff site or opponent, so it was important to get that information out to the fans.
But.... both of our Cross Country teams are headed to state. That is an accomplishment that too often could be overlooked in a town gripped with football fever.
The Cross Country team merits the next position, and they will do us proud when they head to Round Rock to compete. The Punchers, likewise, will represent Mason proudly down in Fredericksburg when they meet up with D'Hanis on Friday.
Items two and three,,,, check.
Tough call on number four...
Though the paper is coming out on Veterans Day, November 11th, many people will not receive it until Thursday or Friday, long after the ceremony on the courthouse lawn is done. But, with last week's events at Fort Hood, and the knowledge that many around town WILL get their papers and will pass along the news, I decided to put the Veterans Day information where it could get the attention and respect it deserves.
And then number five.....
I had only a very small space left on the front page. Any article I decided to start there would have to be continued elsewhere. I only had one photo on the front page at that point, and decided to go through what I had available....
Normally, in a photo with lots of people, you want it to be as big as possible so that you can see all the faces. But, with the kids playing at the 'pumpkin patch' in Katemcy, I decided to get them up front where parents, grandparents and family could pick them out later, and to let them know we're there with them as they explore the world around them.
If last week's tragedy reminded us of anything, it is that our world can change in a moment. We need to focus on the good things in life, and on the people we love that make that life better.
Sometimes it's a football game. Sometimes it's a cross country race. Maybe it's a roll over the top of a pumpkin bigger than you are. Or, maybe it's a hand over the heart during the Star Spangled Banner.
Our lives are composed of moments and memories. Make the most of all of them, and we'll try to help record them all.
It’s all just my opinion.