Well, hello there. Again. Yes, I know I didn’t bother to officially bid farewell, but nonetheless here I am again and in a much different capacity. I can see that you’re shaking your head. Completely dumbfounded as to who I am. I used to go by the name of Scout. Scout About? Ring a bell? And I left rather abruptly without turning in a two-week notice when I suddenly became anti-blog and decided that my little corner of cyberspace had ceased to have a purpose anymore.
Now, I’m back. I’m back because I just can’t cut out something I’ve done since the age of five. You don’t just quit something you’ve done for years and years and not look back with some regret and an accompanying knot in your throat. Something that brings you joy. Something that, at its best, brings a smile and at its most painful, brings catharsis. Unless, of course, you’ve been smoking since the age of five or eating cheese in which case I’d strongly urge you to stop as soon as possible. For your own good of course.
So, why the name change? And, specifically, why the extremely off-the-wall name change? What is a hogenswallow and who in the world invented a Possum Gazette? The answer to these very valid questions hearkens back to my college days. While staying at a church camp/retreat one summer with my best friend, we were sitting out on the porch of one of the dorms in rocking chairs and the dialogue of two old Southern ladies suddenly popped into our heads and we just went with it for two hours completely ignoring strange looks and questioning glances. Before we knew it, we’d invented names for ourselves (mine being Sarah Hogenswallow and hers being Eulalie Plumhuffinpuff), a fictitious town (Bell Bottom Creek), an imaginary church (Hogswallop Trinity Beautification of the Baptist Church) and several family members. And the conversation didn’t stop there. It lasted for the duration of the semester and beyond. After inventing a fictitious newspaper, The Possum Gazette, I, Editor Hogenswallow, put together a few issues and spread them around the campus. New sections were added, new characters were invented and guest columnists were welcomed.
So, that’s how this all came about. It’s been a long time coming and hopefully, it’ll be a long time lasting. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to get started on my next issue.