Grandpa Leaves Bucket of Used Baseballs with a Heartfelt Note about Cherishing Family Time

Rebelander Basilan
Oct 12, 2020
01:30 A.M.
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Randy Long captured the hearts of many people after his grandson, Ethan Anderson, shared on social media the note he left on a bucket of baseballs about appreciating time with loved ones.


In the touching note, Randy Long wrote that he hopes somebody can use some of the baseballs which the 72-year-old said he discovered in the garage.

He threw the baseballs to his son and grandson for countless rounds, Long shared, adding, "I am 72 and what I won't give to pitch a couple of buckets to them." 


Long went on to urge other fathers to treasure every moment with their children before their nest go empty. The doting grandfather likewise encouraged them to embrace their children and tell them they love them every opportunity they get.

Long's better half snapped a picture of the note after Long left it on a bucket of baseballs at the local batting cage. She then sent the image to Ethan Anderson, as reported by TODAY.

A young boy from the local community wound up taking the bucket of baseballs Long left behind.



After receiving the photo, Anderson, 23, could not help but share it on his Twitter account, where it went viral. His grandfather's note touched many social media users. Anderson wrote

"My grandad left an old bucket of balls at the batting cages we used to go to with this note on them. I'm not crying, you're crying."


Anderson of Birmingham, Alabama, recently visited his grandfather in Montgomery to hit the batting cages with him. In an interview with TODAY, Long said that he and his grandson were able to play quite well.

He also happily shared that he was able to throw baseballs for strikes. Meanwhile, a young boy from the local community wound up taking the bucket of baseballs Long left behind.


Like Long, a woman named Holly Butcher, who passed away from Ewing's sarcoma at 27 years old, also touched many people because of her letter in 2018.

A young baseball player running in the baseball field. | Photo: Pexels


Butcher requested her family to post her letter on her Facebook account after her demise, as reported by PEOPLE. In the heartbreaking letter, Butcher talked about living life to the fullest.

She likewise spoke honestly about her mortality and the things she wished she had more opportunity to do, including raising her own family. 

Butcher explained in the letter that her illness had made her acknowledge the essential aspects of a sound way of life, such as being healthy mentally and emotionally


She went on to remind everyone not to spend time thinking about small problems and just focus on experiencing moments with their loved ones. Many people were touched by Butcher's letter.

Recently, a letter written by Princess Diana also went viral after Paul Burrell, who was a servant of the British Royal Household, shared it on his social media account. In the letter, Diana shared her experiences when she visited Mother Theresa's Calcutta convent in 1992.