Our page: Aug. 5, 2009

Meet your neighbor

Name: Tara Marie Hatfield

Profession: Water and land management clerk for Arch Hurley Conservancy District

Born: July 1, 1979

Hometown: Tucumcari of course. Because sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name.

Family: Four kids — three girls and a boy ranging in age from 15 to 7.

Tell us about your pet: I had a fish once. It drowned.

What would you like printed on your gravestone? Better is one day in his courts than thousands elsewhere.

Who’s invited to your fantasy dinner party, and why? I would invite my great grandparents from both sides of my family. I would love to hear stories about how my grandparents behaved as children.

What’s so great about your favorite sport? Baseball is amazing. It is the one sport that I love to play and watch. Baseball has connected me with my friends and family in ways other sports could not. I also love a game that I can play with my kids all year round.

Tell us about a time you cried: I cried tears of joy when Emmitt Smith broke Walter Payton’s all-time rushing record.

When you were a kid, what did you think you’d be doing as an adult? I wanted to be the girl that interviewed all the athletes after a game on ESPN.

What is your most prized possession? My faith. I worked hard for it and it cannot be taken away.

What is your greatest fear? My greatest fear is to fall short as a mother. My children have never let me down, they look to me as their hero, and I want to live up to that.

What is your theme song? “Better Hands Now” by Natalie Grant

What is your greatest hope? My greatest hope is that my children will be positive role models for future generations, that their fingerprint is placed on the hearts of people everywhere. My children know they were born to stand out, not to fit in.

What’s your favorite part about your job? I have learned so much about agriculture and the hard-working farmers and ranchers of our district. Every day is a new learning experience.

What do you not like about your job? The water situation. A full allocation would help in so many ways.

What was your most embarrassing moment? The time I pre-paid for gas and never pumped the gas. I called it a reverse gas skip.

Who is your hero and why? The late Grace Madrid is my hero. She taught me there is so much to be learned from the residents of Quay County, and that you should help those in need. The late Terry Turner is also my hero. He had faith in me when I had none in myself. He would always tell me to reach for the stars because he knew I could grab them.

What is your favorite smell? My baseball glove!

Want to be the subject for “Meet Your Neighbor?” Call Thomas Garcia at the Quay County Sun at 461-1952.