This is going to be one of the most difficult things I have ever typed. Please bear with me.
Many of you have been with me through some very difficult patches of my life. Many of you have become closer than family to me, and your love and support these past three years has been something that I could not have lived without. In many ways, I owe you all my life, both personally and professionally. Heartache, headaches, and gut-punches...we've been there for each other, and we've grown to be more than co-workers. We've become friends.
We've laughed, we've cried, we've yelled, we've been through some of the most random and bizarre moments (i.e.: the flooding of New South).
Therefore -- with shaking hands and as all the blood drains from my fingers due to my nerves being shot -- it is with nothing shy of remorse that I announce that next year...you'll be dancing without me. I am leaving Millsaps, effective May 11, 2004. I'm sticking around to help you all in the closing of the halls, but in the fall, the College will be Sonny-less.
I can't give more information that this right now, and even though I know that some of you will be suffering through bouts of depression, anger, and some of you little pookas will be throwing a celebration, I ask please -- give me a few moments (translation: days) of quiet before the questions arise.
It's been an honor.
And dammit, now I'm crying.