Goodbyes are hard; endings are harder

Moving away to college means a lot of things will be changing, not just this column. But for now my motto is "Next new thing, here we come!"
By : 
Lydia Hanson
Too Hick to be Square

Some weeks it’s easy to write a new article for this column. And some weeks, particularly this one, it’s pretty tough. 

As a matter of fact, I’ve been debating how to write this week’s article for over a month. After a month of brainstorming and jotting down ideas in the margins of my notebook, I’m starting to realize that I’m just bad at goodbyes — which is what this particular article is all about.

Specifically, it’s about saying goodbye to this column and to everyone who has been reading (and hopefully enjoying) it for the past three-and-a-half years.

That’s because this week, I moved into a dorm at Hamline University in Saint Paul and will be spending the better part of two years there completing my bachelor’s degree in creative writing and journalism. Since moving out means moving away from all the source material (namely, my siblings) that has kept this column going for so long, I’ve decided now is a good time to retire Too Hick To Be Square and move on to the next new thing.

But not without making a decent attempt at goodbye first, because the last three-and-a half-years have been a fun ride, one which I (and hopefully you) have thoroughly enjoyed. Becoming a regular columnist isn’t an opportunity 17-year-old me expected to have, and I’m immensely grateful to have had such a supportive (not to mention encouraging) audience following my work for the past few years.

You may not have realized it, but I’m always tickled to bump into someone and hear that they read my column and looked forward to hearing what I came up with from week to week.

While I’m handing out expressions of gratitude, I also owe a big one to Dave Phillips for taking me on when I first pitched this to him three years ago. I don’t think anyone quite knew what we were in for when he said yes, but I’m glad he took a risk on the hick home school kid and let me give this experiment a try.

So although this week marks the end of what I hope was as entertaining an experience for you as it was for me, I’m glad to have had the chance to do this and that it was received so well.

And by the way, just because I’m retiring the column doesn’t mean I’m hanging up my pen and notebook for good. Even before I started this column, I was blogging about my family and have continued to share all my stories (plus some) online, something I intend to continue in some shape or form while in college.

So if you want to continue following what’s happening to at least this particular member of the Clan, you can visit to keep up with the latest happenings. Or not. That’s up to you.

But whatever you do, don’t think you’ve heard the last of me yet. I have a feeling that Too Hick To Be Square is just the beginning.