Those of you who have known me commenting here for the last several years might have noticed that I only have very good things to say about Blogging the Boys, our rival site here at SBN. I've always been treated well by their fans, who participate in droves and are very knowledgeable and love to talk some football.
Today, my admiration for that site grew exponentially when I read this fanpost by one of their community members.
To prepare you in case you're a teary-eyed softie like me, the post is about a tragic family loss of a child.
His community there at BtB has been a real source of emotional support. Then I looked into the backstory a little bit and saw that they had chipped in as a community to send he and his wife to Dallas for the opening of the Stadium.
Every now and then we get these reminders that we're fans of a game, and that love, and family and friendships are life itself. I found this story very touching. As a parent it tears at my heart to think of another parent going through that. But at the same time I am inspired by his strength and courage in sharing his feelings and pain with an online community.
This is the type of thing that humanizes the interactions we have with others here. Strangely enough, through this depersonalized and insular medium I am often reminded of our individual humanity and of the important emotional things in life.
Those of you who are familiar with Tar Heel Paul, he reminds you to cherish your children.