Letter to the Editor
by Halei Lamb | August 23, 2018 5:29 pm
I came to what is now East Georgia State College (EGSC) as a member of the mathematics faculty in the fall of 1995 and have lived in Swainsboro for more than 20 years. Swainsboro has been my home and EGSC an integral part of my life.
I liked being a teacher. Teaching is an act of faith, and teachers often do not know they’ve left their mark. It’s a treat to come upon my former students and have them recall our time together.
I’ve liked living in a small town. I’ve been a modestly active member of the Emanuel Arts Council, an active member of Delta Kappa Gamma’s scholarship committee, and a Sunday morning regular at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church.
It’s fun to spend money in Swainsboro because I see people I know in Harveys and Walmart. The sandwich makers at Subway and the owner/operators at Waffle King know me and my favorite sandwich or breakfast. I like being greeted warmly by the staff at my bank, the out-front post office workers, and the car guys at Terwilliger’s.
Retirement has been satisfying. I’ve been a regular in East Georgia’s fitness room and, in 2015, traveled with an East Georgia group to Costa Rica. Cumberland Island National Seashore is a Georgia treasure and one of my favorite places. I’ve been there several times as a park volunteer.
As a forestry student at the local branch of Southeastern Tech, I adopted long leaf pine as my favorite tree and learned forestry was far more complex than I realized. Emanuel County ranks third in timber production of all Georgia’s counties.
I grew up in Bessemer, Alabama. My maternal roots, my childhood memories, and all of my immediate family are in Bessemer or nearby in metropolitan Birmingham. On August 28, I will leave Swainsboro and begin the next chapter of my life in Bessemer.
My association with the good people of this community has warmed my heart. Their kindness, their friendship, and their support has made Swainsboro home… Thank you all for sharing my life.
August 20, 2018