This is an AWESOME profession. Granted, it's a "niche" and "specialized" skill, and we court reporters are generally solitary in our workspaces, but when we need to, we come together just like a family.
This past weekend, one of our family lost her husband. She is currently in leadership ascendance and will become President of NCRA at the next annual meeting. Her husband was a fixture at all of our meetings, a true GOOD MAN and one with a smile and hug for all. He never met a stranger. During the two weeks leading up to his departure from this plane, we got daily updates, sent prayers, and generally sat vigil with her from our faraway desks. This week, many of our family will be with her as she farewells him at his memorial service. The love that has been evident is astounding. And humbling.
So even though we may be a little dysfunctional at times (what family isn't?), we seem to know how to pull together when one of our own needs our support and love. I don't know a lot about other professions, but I'm damned proud to be a part of this one.
Godspeed, Richard "Bear" Smith. Rest assured that your beloved "Cubbie" is being watched over by her family.
Say "I love you" to those you love every day. No matter what.