I’M A PROUD Atlanta Braves fan.

My home is in the middle of what the team markets as “Braves Country.”

I’m ready to see another World Series win as much as anybody who’s ever done the tomahawk chop.

Tonight, I thought I’d write a little letter to some other members of Atlanta’s fan base.

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I ran across an quote some time ago.

It hit me like a ton of bricks, as they say, because the longer I live the more truth I see in it.

The quote has been attributed to a few people through the years.

It appears to belong to author Ian MacLaren, and I can’t find the definitive quote so I’m going to paraphrase.

He said something along the lines of, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

I just want to tell you, whatever you are going through, keep going.

Never give up.

You are strong enough.


This post is a response to Sue’s prompt, which is “encourage.”

Mason,

When you were born Feb. 20, I was elated. A lot of things ran through my mind at once when I thought about you, mostly pride and a plan to travel the length of the country twice in a weekend to see you.

My pride has only deepened in the six days you’ve been here, especially since I heard you’ve already peed on your mama.

My plan didn’t happen, but there’s another one in the works and we’ve been officially introduced on FaceTime.

Since I wrote to your sisters shortly after they were born, I thought I’d try to write down some things you might need to know about life.

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