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Weeds Happen Again and Again


Jan. 1, 1970

Dear Fellow Former Players & Friends,

Summer is a nice break from my normal routine. For me it brings a little extra sleep, fun at the beach and saying yes to a dessert or two. Yes, relief from the grind of kids at school and the dress down policy at work is a blessing.

Summer is also the time of weeds. This past weekend was a typical hell, hot and humid, summer weekend in DC. Dressed in full yard work gear; sweat pants, sweat jacket and old sneakers I took to the yard to pull pesky weeds. I’m particularly proud of the patio I built with my bare hands last summer. So, feel my rage when weeds and grass grow up through the stones.

The last time I pulled those weeds, not long ago, I was proud of myself. I got them all and gave myself a pat on the back. Celebrate! What an accomplishment. Take a break!

But weeds happen again and again and life cycles the same way, so stay steady.

The return of crab grass is a reminder that there will always be work and times when we must labor a bit more and struggle with things we don’t like to do. Life in fact requires attention to detail.

Taking a breather is good, but now that you are recharged, know that action creates opportunity. So get those kids off to school…but rest assured, the holiday season is just around the corner.

Andre Collins

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