"Be of good cheer. Do not think of today's failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost." - Helen Keller
I am not a cheerleader nor have I ever been. The closest I ever came to being labeled as such was when my son lumbered onto the field as the starting offensive lineman for the Social Circle Redskins while my fierce howls simultaneously rang out from the grandstands for Number 77. Screams continued the entire time 77 remained on the filed. I knew I had gone too far when I watched my son arrive back at the bench, immediately turn around, and with his forefinger, slice his throat - the universal symbol for "cut it out."
I made no apologies. Proud was an understatement. And no, I didn't stop - that game or the next - even though I got the slice. When there's something that makes every muscle, nerve, vocal cord in your body swell with excitement, you can't keep it to yourself. To keep reading, click here.