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Friday, March 13, 2009

It's officially official

I have been absolutely overwhelmed with the support each of you in the blogosphere have shown as I went through the decision-making process of leaving my job of 14 years to move to Austin to raise Noah. (I know. I know. Too many prepositional phrases in that first sentence.)

I thought about leaving a personal note on each one of your blogs/Facebook pages, but It would take wayyy too long.

So, I'll say it here: Thank you!

Many of you used words like, "courageous" and "brave" in complimenting me on my decision. I'm flattered. But I'll add that it was really the only decision I could make. Noah deserves to have his daddy around. And if I didn't go, words like, "stupid" and "selfish" would be more appropriate.

It became official late Thursday afternoon, with a simple phone call from one of the editors at the Star-Telegram: "Kevin," the caller said, "your buyout application has been accepted. ... "

And just like that, after 14 years, 3 months, and 8 days, my Star-Telegram career entered into its final days, moments, really.

It's odd to think of myself as a soon to be ex-employer of this newspaper. And it is so exhilarating to know I can watch Noah grow up and help him be a good man.

Again, thanks for all of the support, and I'm working on a blog post about my time at the Star-Telegram that should be ready in a few days.

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Anonymous Single Mom Seeking said...

As one of the bloggers who was cheering you on from the sidelines, I remain so proud of you. I've heard about your potential plans in snippets, but to read it here now in its full summary, wow.

This post has me all emotional. You are becoming a real Dad, the kind of man who steps up to be a father to child physically, emotionally, spiritually. Kev, good for you. And for Noah.

March 13, 2009 at 12:07 PM  
Anonymous Single Mom Seeking said...

Of course, I meant "to his child".... I need you to edit, dear Kevin!

March 13, 2009 at 12:08 PM  
Blogger Ts said...

Wow. Well... then we will be setting up a meeting here real soon, won't we?

I'm happy for you! And inspired...

March 13, 2009 at 12:31 PM  
Blogger Billy Burger said...

I'm not a father but I do mentor an inner-city kid and know that my mere presence alone makes a world of a difference to him.

You're absolutely doing the right thing for your son and I have no doubt you'll bounce back on your feet, even in this rough economic climate.

March 13, 2009 at 12:53 PM  
Anonymous Cynthia said...

I think this is really wonderful, Kevin! I know you will, but keep us posted on how it goes!

March 13, 2009 at 1:18 PM  
Anonymous Allynson said...

We're going to miss you so much, but you're doing the right thing. You'll find a new job and get settled soon enough and be able to see Noah so much more. I'm happy for you and think it's awesome that you are such a great dad.

March 13, 2009 at 2:33 PM  
Blogger Run For Life said...

I bet you're super excited to be spending a lot more time with Noah! I hope all the moving plans and job hunting goes smoothly.

March 13, 2009 at 4:01 PM  
Blogger lindsay said...

'congrats'! i know you are excited to know you will be able to spend much more time with noah. you definitely are brave to voluntarily walk away from your job in this time of the "unknown". i'm sure you didn't burn any bridges, and who knows - maybe this will result in you doing freelancing/working for yourself? (which would be awesome, imo). have a great weekend!

March 13, 2009 at 5:18 PM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

That sounds like a wonderful decision.

March 13, 2009 at 7:37 PM  
Blogger fraizerbaz said...

Sometimes being laid off can be a real blessing in disguise... :-)

March 13, 2009 at 9:22 PM  
Blogger Victoria said...

Do your 'thang, Mr. Dad.

March 13, 2009 at 9:51 PM  
Blogger Adam said...

Good for you. You did the right thing.

March 14, 2009 at 2:36 PM  
Blogger Just_because_today said...

Darn, I was just going to log into my unused Facebook just for you!
Congratulations on starting a new phase in your life.

March 14, 2009 at 2:55 PM  
Anonymous Sonja said...

Hi Kevin. I'm really happy for you. Supporting Noah is so important and it's hard to do that from so far away.

The fact that Noah's mom doesn't find herself overjoyed by this doesn't surprise me. You'll probably be wanting to modify the amount of time you spend with your son, and if there's a negative fiscal impact, that really freaks women out, I'm sorry to say.

That said, I know you'll be fair and helpful to her and to Noah because you seem to have an unbelievable amount of introspection and concern about this matter.

As someone whose life has been one long turning away from the world and making decisions based on my children, I will also tell you that I'm never been sorry that I did something, even when it was somewhat scary, because I knew it was best for the kids.

Best of luck with your move.


March 15, 2009 at 7:39 AM  

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