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Crosby’s son insightful

I just wrote an email to thank Mike Schmeltzer for the wonderful story on Bing and Nathaniel Crosby that graced the front page of the paper for Father’s Day. What a great way to start a morning, reflect on growing up in Spokane and be reminded of how important our dads are, even after they are gone.

Too often our media, whether it is paper, internet, TV news or radio, is filled with nothing but upsetting stories meant to get either a rise out of or a sympathetic response from the reader. It was uplifting to hear that Nathaniel had great childhood memories of spending quality time with his dad and, at the same time, realized that “things were different back then” when addressing the negative things said about his dad by other family members.

What an idea, having compassion for things that happened before our time, before we had more knowledge, before we had more experiences and before we became a society ready to pass judgment at the drop of a hat.

Hopefully we can all take a hint from Nathaniel and, to quote Tim McGraw, always stay “humble and kind.”

Tracie Tharp Hogeboom


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