DeLaune’s Corner: My family, away from my family

DeLaune’s Corner: My family, away from my family
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“Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs. The ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile, and love you no matter what.”

Through laughter and tears, we make everything work

Darren DeLaune/Reporter

OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — Well 2018 is moving along. Honestly, I am glad the holidays are over from late last year. You can call me a Grinch, but I was very happy for Jan. 2.

I know the students were happy with this break. That was great for them. I know some got to sleep in. My daughter did sometimes.

Now it is back to school and back to waking up early for them. No more late nights.

My daughter is not a big fan of the mornings. Have you ever heard a lioness roar? I have seen it on YouTube once and that is what she sounds like when I try to get her up to get ready. The glare is something else too.

So I tell myself, for my life, wait ten more minutes. Then wake her up.

How is everyone doing? I hope you all are doing great.

I would like to talk to you about family.

We all have families, whether they are close or strained (which I have both).

This time, I want to talk about my work family.

Sure there are times when we get new people in our family and some do leave and move on, but as a family we have to keep going.

That is true in the workplace too. This family here at Mvskoke Media goes through transitions, whether good or bad.

Our family does a lot here at MM.

We report a lot of news, happy or sad. Sometimes we have to report news that is hard to hear and read. Sometimes we have to become funeral planners for a lost loved one.

There are times we have to talk about a certain subject on our radio show that hits home to all of us that have to report it.

While we do this, remember we are humans too. There is some news that will hit us hard, news that will make our voice break and news that could make us shed a tear.

We have had news segments here that have left us mentally pained after we reported and wrote about it.

One thing I can tell about everyone here at MM, we go to bat for each other. There are times if we know someone is hurting or having a bad day, we will check on them to see how they are during and after work hours.

Like any family, we argue. I mean it. We argue. We will get our point across, even if some of us are not involved in the argument.

Also, like any other family, we all come together for advice. Sometimes we need it for our articles, our television segments and radio broadcasts. Sometimes we need it for our families away from our work.

We have shed tears. We have laughed at each other, congratulated one another when something happens for the good or patted each other on the back and console each other when something bad goes on.

There have been times previously I have been told to never take your work home. That is impossible for us at MM. I know the reporters and journalists here watch the news to see how it affects the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. It is constant for everyone here. The news never stops.

We might be on the phone to see how the situation is being handled or if we need to cover it for our citizens.

Then there might be times we are on our phone with our coworkers because we need to vent.

Our graphic design team does wonders and I know their minds are constantly thinking about images they can create or how to make something better.

Our artists here always hold themselves to a high standard. They know their customers want the best and the team here does everything to bring it to them.

My first quote is from the great Dr. Martin Luther King.

“No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”

My second quote is from an unknown source.

“Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs. The ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile, and love you no matter what.”

With this column, I guess I wanted to tell you that my work family is about as close to my real family. My coworkers have struggles like everyone else, but we do come together when needed.

Not everyone’s job is the same, but I know that you spend numerous amounts of time with your coworkers. Do not be afraid to talk to them. I am pretty sure they will be there for you. They have to see you every day. They do not want you upset. They want you happy, pressing on, there and above all else, working.

Take care everyone, see you next column!

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Darren has been with Mvskoke Media since 2009. He has always (and still does) played sports so he wanted to write about it. What started with sports, turned into features, columns, articles, whatever he can find around the MCN. He enjoys trying new things, which helped him become an avid dancer of bachata. Darren has one daughter, Syeann.


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