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Little League Batter by Skip O'Donnell

Little Leaguers are practicing, and I’m that weird parent writing in the bleachers. (You don’t want to know how many brilliant plays I miss; I never promised you a mommy confession blog.) Actually, it’s amazing how often I do sense when my own is coming up to bat, and how often my ears catch the coaching that applies to me.

“Run hard, slide hard! Don’t be looking around!”

I laugh. Once committed to the project, run it out. Don’t second guess it. Finish it. Slide it into the mailbox or e-mail. Crash if you have to. Don’t help anyone put you out.

And don’t take it personally. You’ll get another At Bat.

Editors are base coaches. “Wait! Now, go!” We don’t always get it right, but we can see what’s gaining on you. Your job is to run hard, slide hard.

You have a few minutes to write, don’t you? Steal!

Text © Gwyn Nichols 2011

Photo © Skip O’Donnell, iStockPhoto #000001386731