Best partners for our busy lives

Juggling business and relationships, and being a good steward of your community can be a crazy dance on most days.

It would be a far tougher dance without a great partner, and that is why I was feeling pretty lucky recently on my five-year anniversary with my wonderful wife, Lindsey.

I should have already been home at 6:30 p.m., but I was staring at the computer screen and trying to put the final touches on an early deadline on the The Edge, our monthly publication that circulates in six central Kansas counties.

We don?t normally produce it that early, but The Edge has a partnership with the Harvey County Fair to get its guide to everyone, so I was trying to make sure everything was done right before sending it to our printer.

Lindsey has always been understanding when it comes to work. Often, she is at the office with me or covering an event to help make sure we get it all in the paper, and rarely is there a complaint.

She entered this relationship knowing who I was?a newspaper man?and that means a lot of late nights and a lot of community events whether we have time or not. In many ways, she has embraced the role as well, and I like to think we make a pretty good duo.

As I finished up The Edge, I called Lindsey and told her my ETA for getting home; we adjusted our plans for our dinner from what we originally wanted to do.

A few co-workers of mine asked if there would be trouble when I got home. I didn?t even hesitate to say, ?Nope.? I finished the publication and sent it to the printer.

Some of you might be thinking I take her for granted. Truth is, we have a pretty good understanding, and the material things rarely get in the way of our overall mission.

We don?t live a normal life, and we both seem to like it that way.

When I first bought the paper, a fellow publisher told me to expect to get divorced in this profession. He said things will get hard, your time will get stretched, and your relationships will fall away. Be prepared, he told me.

Those words felt harsh. His relationships hadn?t worked out, but that didn?t mean mine would turn out the same way.

I told Lindsey that story the other day. We laughed and continued our work on a project for the company.

She told me I was stuck with her. I don?t think I would rather be stuck with anyone else.

Joey and Lindsey Young are the majority owners of the Free Press. Joey, our publisher, can be reached at joey@hillsborofreepress.com.