“Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.” – The Godfather III, 1990

It may be the worst of the Godfather trilogy, but that quote pretty much encapsulates my life lately.

For those unfamiliar, allow me to reintroduce myself. I’m Jeff Say, I’ve lived here in Culpeper since 2005 and I’m the new editor of the Culpeper Times.

It’s a bittersweet moment for me, as I return to the editor position but I do so replacing a mentor and friend. As Anita Sherman leaves, I hope that I’m able to carry out her caring-style of journalism that endeared her to many.

In that regard, I’m very similar. I want to share the stories Culpeper has to tell and educate the community about issues we face here in the community. While the task can be daunting, I always look forward to meeting my neighbors and telling their tales.

It also will likely mean the return of my column, The Final Say, which I’ve written on and off for 10 years at various publications.

It started on the sports side and then changed more to a lifestyle column, chronicling my life as a first-time dad figuring out how to be a parent to my daughter Mady.

Mady was shortly joined by her sister Maura and I thought I was done.

Mady is now 7, Maura is 4. We’re out of diapers, baby food and cribs. We were one year away from no longer needing daycare and preschool and I imagined the life of luxury I could afford.

Well, old Michael Corleone was right again.

In September, we’ll be welcoming our third child to the world – and yes, it’s another girl.

Being that my wife is a teacher, a majority of our life is planned. Every meal, every vacation, every appointment is carefully scheduled and thought out. There’s a reason I jokingly call my wife Sarah “Captain Planner.”

This was one of the rare times my spontaneity came to pass. I think I’ll be more structured from now on.

Seriously though, we’re all extremely excited – but Maura most of all. I haven’t written as much about my soon-to-be middle child but she fits the bill perfectly. Feisty, headstrong and independent, she’s already planning to take care of the new baby.

I’ll need all the help I can get.

So please, if you see me, welcome me back to an editor role and be sure to offer me advice on how to handle three kids, because two have me worn out.

I look forward to seeing everyone and sharing my life with three little girls with you.

Jeff Say is the editor of the Culpeper Times. He can be reached at jsay@culpepertimes.com.

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