Awesome Young LadyMonday morning, off to work with the power still out after the storm.  Got to work and found a mess waiting for me after the 3 day softball weekend.  Spent hours dealing with fires and nonsense.  I usually bring a lunch, but today I needed to get out of that place.  I walked into the restaurant and saw a friendly face with a smile.  In an instance I forgot about everything that was troubling me. 

I approached the young lady with a smile now on my face and gave her a big hug.  She was waiting tables and seated me.  I haven't seen her in awhile, but she was exactly as I remembered.  She always had a smile on her face with a twinkle in her eyes, the kind that would light up any room she walked into.  I coached this young lady in the youth league for a few years.  I watched her grow up and play softball all through school. 

Some of us knew that she had a difficult home life.

She's the kind of girl you would want your daughter to be like.  I recall hearing about the things she was involved in while she was in high school.  She was a multi-sport athlete and great student, but spent just as much time volunteering to help other people.  She tutored and mentored students helping them with personal as well as academic issues.  Everybody (coaches, teachers, counselors, friends, etc.) who knows this young lady loves her.  She's got a heart of gold.

Some of us knew that she had a difficult home life, but most people wouldn't have guessed that in a million years.  How can the girl who was always happy, smiling and helping others have problems at home?  I had heard a few months ago that this beautiful loving young lady had to give up something very dear to her; College and College Softball.  Today it was clear why.  She needs to help herself now. 

She is going to be moving soon, pretty far away, to make a fresh start and get away from an unhealthy environment.  This young lady deserves better.  She deserves to be happy.  She has her whole life ahead of her; a life full of promise and potential.  I don't know why life can be so damned unfair to such a sweet soul. 

I took out a business card and wrote a private note of encouragement on the back of it, letting her know she could talk with me anytime about anything.  I am going to contact her later, because there's more I wanted to talk with her about before she leaves.  I want her to know that a lot of people love and care about her and what an awesome young lady she is.

The world needs more people like this girl and I want to do everything I can to give her support and help her find her way.  Maybe you know somebody like this who needs a little help, words of encouragement, a pat on the back or someone to talk to.  If so, let them know you are there for them.  Together we can make the world a little bit better place one smile at a time.