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    The New York Times Company | Michael McGriff | 6/26/14 | 8 min
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    9.6
    The New York Times Company
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    9.6
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    • joanne
      Scout
      4 weeks ago

      Loved this, got me thinking of the two best things my parents did in the parenting department.

      • bill
        Top reader of all timeScoutScribe
        3 weeks ago

        Yep! I can think of many more than two. ❤️

        The harder part (for me at least) isn’t coming up with stuff to be thankful for, it’s finding the courage (and words!) to say it, out loud, before it’s too late. This semi-edgy (super real) stuff is my favorite:

        The previous night I had been out drinking alone. I came home, dumped my motorcycle in the driveway and stumbled in to find him asleep in the living room chair.

        I just reread the whole thing and had the same, weirdly visceral sense that parts of this were lifted from my journal/brain/heart.

    • TripleG
      Reading streak
      3 weeks ago

      Yes, I agree with Jeff, it should have been longer with more interesting details.

    • bill
      Top reader of all timeScoutScribe
      4 weeks ago

      Oh hell yes! I'm so happy to see that this is trending.

      The writer also wrote one of my favorite poems of all time. Enjoy!

      1. Update (12/30/2019):

        If that link doesn't work, this one should.

      • erica4 weeks ago

        He also wrote this poem about the place he grew up, which isn't as beautiful as Iron, though it's still interesting.

    • jeff
      Reading streakScoutScribe
      4 weeks ago

      Excellent writing. I only wish it was longer!

      • bill
        Top reader of all timeScoutScribe
        4 weeks ago

        For the record: We both know who actually scouted this one.

        • jeff
          Reading streakScoutScribe
          4 weeks ago

          You set the precedent by stealing my scout on The Real Class War. You reap what you sow.

      • bill
        Top reader of all timeScoutScribe
        4 weeks ago

        Yes! This is one of my favorite poets.

    • Plum4 weeks ago

      What were the two best things? Thinking about it too!

    • jbuchana
      Reading streakScoutScribe
      4 weeks ago

      Enjoyable writing.