Editor's note: Sportswriter Jill Erwin is leaving The Advocate-Messenger to take a position with the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Richmond, Va.
Herb Brock may have been right (and that's the only time I'll ever say that). Perhaps it is impossible to "be" Danville if you weren't born here. But I want to thank everyone who has made me feel like I am, in fact, part of this wonderful area.
When I leave here Friday morning for my next station in life, it will be with many tears and much heartache. I have come to love this area and these people as if I had known it and them all of my life. I have made many, many friends here, people I hope will be my friends for the rest of my life.
To the coaches who took the time to work with me when I first got here and barely knew what I was doing, thank you. To the parents who have never stopped letting me know when I've done something right or wrong, thank you. And to each of the athletes who have allowed me to be a part of your lives, your successes and failures, your crowning moments and biggest letdowns, I thank you.