This is not one for those of you who are afraid to cry. Or who are afraid to confront some pretty heavy emotions on a Tuesday afternoon.
The story comes from the Broward/Palm Beach New Times, and it’s about a man named Dave MacDougall who, in January 2015, suddenly and tragically lost his nine year-old son Johnny to a brain aneurysm. It was obviously devastating, in ways most of us couldn’t even begin to comprehend. But MacDougall has, in his own way, made something positive or, at the very least, motivating and inspiring out of it:
When baseball season crept up the spring after Johnny died, Dave MacDougall and his younger son, Tommy, decided to honor Johnny by carrying out the cross-country trip he had wanted to take. Over the past two summers, they have visited 15 stadiums, racking up nearly 10,000 miles and driving through almost 20 states in a 1976 VW campmobile. During the seventh-inning stretch, when the fans sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” the pair quietly spreads some of Johnny’s ashes at each stadium.
“When we scatter his ashes, it’s sad,” MacDougall says. “But it also gives us a chance to reflect and remember Johnny on a regular basis.”
Read it all. And Bring a hanky.