Here in the newsroom, we are blessed to have a Troy High School senior serve as an intern twice a week.
We learn just as much from them as they are supposedly learning from us.
Last fall, we welcomed Intern Annie with open arms.
We also greeted her each day with, “Annie! Annie, are you OK? Are you OK? Are you OK, Annie?” that she finally knew we accepted her as one of us in our own quirky ways.
It also helped to know that she totally got the 1987 Michael Jackson hit song reference right away. I knew I could trust this kid.
I enjoyed showing Miss Annie how the local court system works and how we build relationships within the town they call home.
Annie especially enjoyed the day she accompanied me to a sentencing in the Miami County Common Pleas Court. She got to see how the court system works and how sometimes life isn’t always roses in Miami County.
She loved it. In fact, it opened her eyes so much so that she even gave us a breaking news story from the parking lot of the high school as officers arrested a student at her own high school.
It was a proud reporter moment. And we were sad when Annie, are you OK? Are you OK, Annie? left her internship days behind as she graduated.
This spring we have Miss Shelby. Miss Shelby is the quiet, observant type. In the newsroom, we grill her with questions about the daily life of a Troy High School student.
Each morning, Shelby joins us in the newsroom, I can’t help myself but greet her using my best Southern twang: “Shelby! Drink your juice!”
And she stares at me like I’ve lost my mind.
Can you tell I’m a die-hard fan of the Oscar nominated iconic movie “Steel Magnolias” from 1989?
Shelby always looks at me funny when I yell “Shelby! Drink your juice!” but she never says a word or giggles a little bit. Then she broke my hardened Ouiser heart.
And then my heart also broke just like M’Lynn’s when our dear sweet Shelby confessed she had never seen this movie nor had she really heard of it before.
I about passed out in the newsroom like Julia Roberts did as she tried to get Jack ready for his first Halloween.
I finally felt my age.
What kind of generation are we raising here, dear people? These children have never, ever seen the most iconic movie in late 1980s history? You can’t remake that magic, people!
There are children out there about to graduate who’ve never seen “The Breakfast Club,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Sixteen Candles” or ‘Spaceballs.”
I counted down the days until Evan was old enough to get the oddball references to “Spaceballs.” Now it’s one of his favorite movies.
It was one of my personal parental achievements allowing Evan to finally watch “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.” I watched that movie (on VHS tap) countless of times when I was his age.
He hated it. I made him watch it again. Then he thought it was funny.
My friends and I spoke to each other in movie quotes from “Dumb and Dumber” for years. We probably still could recite countless scenes.
Evan didn’t think it was funny, either.
What is wrong with kids today?
Yet, one movie I did totally Mom-slay was “Home Alone.” That’s timeless. It’s our favorite Christmas movie to watch together.
All in all, we gave our sweet Shelby one homework assignment and one assignment alone. She has to watch this movie before she graduates high school and complete her internship here at the TDN.
We can’t just have kids out there shaping our world who don’t know what it means to “promise that my personal tragedy will not interfere with my ability to do good hair.”
And if she doesn’t, well, we still like her more than our luggage.
“Twin” Melanie Yingst appears weekly in the Troy Daily News. Her favorite line is, “Well, you know what they say: if you don’t have anything nice to say about anybody, come sit by me!”