Dear Sean

But, a “hater?” No, sir. I don’t hate anything, nor any establishment, nor any person. And I don’t hate angry readers who tell me to go straight to… Well, you know.

DEAR SEAN:

You are a hater, so I hate you. Seriously, I’m finished with you. I’m disappointed in the negative statement you made yesterday about Chick-fil-A!

You wrote [quote]: “…we played [music] at the grand opening of a Chick-fil-A. I’m not proud of that.”

I was mortified when I read that you actually hate Chick-fil-A… And all I can say to you is… [bleep, bleep, bleepity bleep].

It’s been real,
TIME-TO-QUIT-SEAN-DIETRICH

DEAR TIME-TO-QUIT:

Hi. How’s your day been going? I hope you are well.

Listen, I don’t mean to burst your bubble, but I’m reading your letter while eating a Chicken Biscuit, sitting inside a Chick-fil-A. That’s right, I’m in a booth at THIS VERY MOMENT, writing you.

In fact, I just read your words aloud to the woman sitting next to me. Louisa, is her name. She has an eight-year-old daughter with her.

After I read your words, Louisa’s daughter remarked: “Wow, that person needs a nap.”

Her words, not mine.

Anyway, maybe you don’t know this, but my mama worked at Chick-fil-A when I was young. To make ends meet, Mama made waffle fries, scrubbed kitchens, mopped the floors, and wore a uniform. My sister worked here, too.

This place was good to my family. And by “good,” I mean: they helped us survive. Hate them?

Do what?

Why, if you ask me you couldn’t find better fried chicken if you looked in Aunt Bee’s skillet.

Admittedly, I don’t know anything about the organization. But I DO know that during my youth, I’d visit Chick-fil-A to see Mama’s smiling face. And those memories are plated in gold.

Oh, but you didn’t want to know that. You wanted to be angry. So okay. Let’s talk about the sentences you didn’t like:

“…we played [music] at the grand opening of a Chick-fil-A. I’m not proud of that.”

Journey through time with me, friend. Let’s travel backward several years.

[Cue dream-sequence music]

There I am. Can you see me in the distance? I’m a gangly, college-aged kid. I’m so skinny I only need one back pocket. I’m playing electric keyboard outside a Chick-fil-A, sweating to death.

Men in suits just cut a ribbon with giant golden scissors. There are free samples everywhere. Lots of good old-fashioned, Budweiser-less, Southern Baptist fun happening.

I’m playing “Up the Lazy River” in the key of “F.”

And I’m miserable. No. I’m humiliated. Because I feel like a loser.

You’ll note: the Dream Gig for any aspiring musician is Carnegie Hall, the Jefferson Complex, or Dollywood. Not a joint with a drive-thru window and a ketchup station.

Long ago, I wanted to be a serious pianist—it sounds stupid now, but it wasn’t then. I’ve played piano since age nine. Music has been a big piece of my life.

A few days before playing Chick-fil-A, I’d left a construction jobsite for an audition at a big university.

I’ll never forget it. I wore a necktie. I sat behind a grand piano. There were thirty professors sitting in one room, holding clipboards. I played “Stars Fell on Alabama.”

They practically laughed at me. One professor even said, “Come back when you learn to read music.”

I cried in my truck for an hour.

I auditioned at ANOTHER university that same week. I bombed again. And again.

My youthful dreams sort of fell apart. And finally, I decided I’d be better off joining a monastery where monks shaved their heads and called each other by the name “Chip.” Yes. I would become a Chip Monk. (Ba dum ching!)

So getting back to that grand opening.

There I am. A complete failure. A kid who wanted to be somebody, but finds himself playing “Up the Lazy River.” In the musical world, we call this: “hitting rock bottom.”

So, no. I’m not proud of playing a fast-food gig for twenty-five bucks. I wasn’t proud then, I’m not proud now. I won’t lie.

But that’s life, I guess. I’ve had lots of crummy jobs. I dug drainage ditches, hung drywall, installed cabinets, drove commercial lawn mowers, installed wood floors, framed houses, and played fast-food joints for quick cash.

I never made Carnegie Hall, and to be honest I barely made community college.

But, a “hater?” No, sir. I don’t hate anything, nor any establishment, nor any person. And I don’t hate angry readers who tell me to go straight to…

Well you know.

So thanks for the letter. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a Chicken Biscuit to eat. By the way, Louisa and her daughter say, “Hi.”

Don’t forget to take that nap.

76 comments

  1. Lucinda - July 5, 2018 6:03 am

    Sean if Time to Quit does indeed “quit” your page it will be her lose. Love your writings and wish you the best. God Bless

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    • Kelly Ray - July 6, 2018 12:50 pm

      Dear Sean, this person is living proof that the universe is made up of protons, electrons, neutrons, and morons…I write songs…I can’t sing…I don’t play the guitar well…(Think Bob Zimmerman aka Dylan)… But I can dang sure write a song…And you can dang sure tell a story…I always wanted a hit record…So far… nonta…zip…nuttin…But then I realized I’m #1 on Jesus’ hit parade and I’ve already “MADE IT”…I think you are His Number one: Pulitzer Prize winning novelist, storyteller, comedian, musician, & people person . So I wouldn’t worry about what others think.
      Your Pal,
      Kelly Joe Ray
      The kid with 3 first names
      #RollTide

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      • Mr. Kelly Joe Ray - July 6, 2018 1:03 pm

        PS I’ve played 12 hours in the hot blazing Kingsland, Georgia sun on a flat bed truck stage at a gas station opening…at a nursing home beauty pageant… and at the same bars Lynyrd Skynyrd played at in Jacksonville Florida …NEVER…be ashamed if you have a “Gig” to play… i’ve played for thousands and I’ve played for 10…But now of days I only play for 1…Every Wednesday night… Calvary Chapel Branchville, Virginia…God Bless You Buddy…

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      • Debbie Shiflett - September 1, 2018 2:00 pm

        I agree 100% with the kid with 3 first names!

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  2. Christie - July 5, 2018 6:16 am

    Dear Sean, I love reading your post! Shame on some folks, keep writing how you feel that’s our right as an American 🇱🇷 . My daughter writes and I love reading the things that she writes. Check it out sometime it’s on word press happysoul97. She’s a college student trying to chase her dreams also. I Love Chick- fil-a and the values that they stand by, Chick -fil-a’s are always doing great things here in my area!

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  3. C.E. HARBIN - July 5, 2018 7:55 am

    5 Stars for you, Sean*****.
    We all need to calm down and enjoy our Chicken biscuit and quit all this angry drama.

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  4. Jamie Carmichael - July 5, 2018 8:13 am

    WHAAAAT??? You actually said something GOOD about Chick-fil-A???? I’m so quitting you!!…

    Just kidding… love your writing.

    Press on.

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  5. William Burr - July 5, 2018 8:16 am

    In today’s whacko political environment we are being beat over the head with identity politics. CFA is ground zero in that fight. Without the background info, the “not proud” reference sounds like fighting words in that battle. They clearly were not. As a relatively new reader of yours, I’m enormously relieved identity politics isn’t in your DNA.
    The sad truth is that we are being bombarded with negative crap, and are forced to choose a side if you listen to the negative crap. The best chicken sandwich, made by great people in a great restaurant has become a political decision as well as a dining choice.

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  6. Barbara Aira - July 5, 2018 8:24 am

    Dear Sean, so many of your stories bring back nostalgic moments of people’s yesterdays, or ones that should have been; and, I have sent many to friends because of the “heart and soul” with which you write.

    So I must admit that when I read “Friends” I was surprised at the last sentence about playing at Chick-fil-A. I read it a couple of times but still was confused about your meaning.

    Your response to “Time to Quit…” brought to mind the lesson learned a long time ago about asking questions for clarification when I was/am confused about something.

    If we don’t do that, we learn another lesson–that to assume, without knowing, where another person is coming from makes an “ass” out of “u” and “me.”

    So, Sean, thanks for clarifying, forgive me for (almost) assuming without asking, and keep writing about life’s nostalgic and precious moments and the people who made/make them happen. We need the joy, smiles, laughter, and happy tears your stories bring to our souls.

    God’s Blessings on you and your family ~

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  7. Theresa Clark - July 5, 2018 10:09 am

    Dear Sean, I hope that writer takes that suggested nap and eats a big helping of crow, too. I don’t know how they took that you hated Chick Fil-A, it’s just that you weren’t proud of that particular job. We all have those things in our past.

    By the way, musical fame may not have been in your future, but being a beloved writer to many is. I’ll toast you with a chicken biscuit any day!

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  8. Mary Talton - July 5, 2018 10:12 am

    Thanks for your explanation, I wondered, but wasn’t worried, because I already read you long enough to know, you are a lover, not a hater, and there had to be deeper meaning there. Love you, Sean! Blessings Mary

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  9. Karen Erwin-Brown - July 5, 2018 10:48 am

    That was an amazing response. I have to admit that comment set me to thinking too. Thanks for tha back story.

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  10. Pete - July 5, 2018 10:52 am

    Thank you, Sean. God bless

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  11. Camille - July 5, 2018 10:55 am

    I knew when I read the original story that you would likely see some backlash. I am very liberal and have many LGBTQ friends and to my knowledge most of them, if they like chicken, still eat at CF. I eat at CF even though I don’t agree with their politics. I still shop at Hobby Lobby, for nick knacks, not politics. The fact is I don’t agree with the majority of my friends and families political views and they don’t agree with mine, but we don’t “hate” each other. Granted there are those who spew a lot of hateful rhetoric on social media. I asked a friend a few days ago why he kept saying such hateful things about liberals. His response was, “I’ll stop when they stop.” I think we all need a big ole nap!

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    • Lee Taylor - July 5, 2018 4:08 pm

      Camille, it’s not “politics” just to take a stand on your religious beliefs. Their owner simply said he believes marriage is between a man and a woman. I respect your view and humbly ask you to respect his view. Peace!

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      • Cheryl McWilliams - July 5, 2018 4:14 pm

        Lee, I totally agree. Camile is trying to put her politics into this issue which was not political, at all! Thank you for saying what I couldn’t put into words! How anyone can find “hate” in anything Sean writes is way beyond my old mind.

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        • Diane - September 2, 2018 12:54 am

          Actually, Cheryl, she was perfectly respectful and didn’t cite hatred in referring to Sean OR CF.

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      • Camille - July 5, 2018 7:15 pm

        Lee, I respect everyone’s view, whether I agree with them or not.

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    • Diane - September 2, 2018 12:49 am

      Lee, let a woman express herself without censoring it! She did fine – you, however, might need a nap.

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  12. Sandy Brister - July 5, 2018 11:02 am

    Love love how you responded to this “troubled” person/reader. I’ve just started following you.. your insights in our southern culture sooo “right on”…

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  13. Barbara Pope - July 5, 2018 11:09 am

    I get you. Had a friend who was the chicken–walked up and down the ByPass for hours in 90+ degree weather in that outfit.

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  14. Debbie - July 5, 2018 11:19 am

    I’ll have to admit, your comment did make me wonder what you really meant. I decided to give you the benefit of the doubt and let it go. Thank you for explaining. I agree with you about CFA’s chicken and when I crave it, nothing else will do! Let’s hope that angry person gets their much-needed nap….and, yes, I think we al need a big ol’ nap.

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  15. Terri Rosene - July 5, 2018 11:23 am

    Appreciate your response-happy that you’re not against the chicken place. I had just noticed that that was the only place on your post that you mentioned not being proud of-so I was worried. Really look forward to your writings and thoughts. Only care cause I love you-

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  16. Tom Bowen Sr. - July 5, 2018 11:35 am

    I too noticed your CF comment and I still do not understand it. They have done great things for so many people and do not hate anyone.
    I read you the first thing every morning and we have much in common.
    Blessings
    Tom

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  17. Mary Calhoun - July 5, 2018 11:36 am

    Where is the word hate in your original comment? People are amazing.

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  18. Terri - July 5, 2018 11:44 am

    Love you Sean.

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  19. Jim McGuire - July 5, 2018 11:45 am

    Your comment worried me, too…but mostly I felt sad and disappointed, because it was unexpected and seemed so out of character. Kinda took the edge off the delight I usually get from reading one of your columns. I’m glad to hear the backstory and find that it was a result of misinterpretation on my part.

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  20. Kari Howie - July 5, 2018 11:46 am

    The paragraph in question was very poorly written if it requires a defensive explanation the next day. I think if you had included a bit of the back story in the original story it would have provided the insight necessary to understand what your “not proud” statement was really referring to. I can’t read minds to know what you really meant your words to convey. And I shouldn’t have to be a long-time reader (which I am) to presumably “get it” because I didn’t.

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  21. Yvonne Callison - July 5, 2018 11:47 am

    Yep! Louisa is right! But not just any nap. To take care of that much anger a long long nap! Not just one of them dang so called power naps! Keep writing and blessing our hearts each and every day!!

    You are on my bucket list of people I want to meet! My love to you, Jamie, and Thelma! 😘

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  22. Elizabeth Clark - July 5, 2018 11:49 am

    Sean: I receive and read your writings most every day. You are heartfelt, clever and write well. This particular posting I enjoyed. You were able to put that angry woman in her place with a true vision. I hope that she learns a lesson and continues through life with a lighter heart. Sean, thank you for touching me as you go through life.

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  23. Judy Ennis - July 5, 2018 12:11 pm

    All I’m going to say is “Good for you Sean” ……

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  24. Jeanne Butler - July 5, 2018 12:25 pm

    Love you Sean. You are wonderful. You make my life better. And what the little girl said was great. And in this world now a lot of people needs naps and that’s why we need you.

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  25. Edna B. - July 5, 2018 12:49 pm

    Yup, I have to agree with the little girl. There are lots of folks who are in big need of a nap. Naps are good for our souls. A lot of us have to do whatever jobs is takes to pay the bills or get to our goals. Can you imagine some of the yukky jobs I did through the years to keep a roof over our heads, food on the table and clothes on our backs? I love music too. I can’t play a note on any instrument, and my singing voice sounds like a frog in need of a cough drop, but I love, love music. Thanks for starting my day off with another big smile. You have an awesome day my friend, hugs, Edna B.

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  26. Denise Oelschlager - July 5, 2018 12:56 pm

    Great response Sean!

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  27. Cathy Pera - July 5, 2018 1:13 pm

    Set your jaw like flint-you are in a wonderful ministry to others. Hate? Such an over used word these days. I hate poison ivy, I hate when I stub my toe, I hate seeing the loss of life on the news. We should all set aside one day-today-where in our own vocabulary we remove the word hate. Perhaps it will add a little light in the darkness. Rock on Chic Fil A

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  28. Rickey Creel - July 5, 2018 1:18 pm

    Yeah…pretty much what Kari said.

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  29. Judy - July 5, 2018 1:21 pm

    I will say…if you found yourself playing in a band at the opening of a fast food restaurant, CF is the top of the stack to help open.

    I think this person that shot off the hateful kiss-off note to you, has more issues than needing a nap, but a nap would be a good place to start.

    You – hateful? Ha!

    Have a wonderful day, Sean. And write us another story for tomorrow. I will be looking forward to reading it and more to follow.

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  30. Claire - July 5, 2018 1:22 pm

    I think people “assume” what they want. It never occurred to me when I read “I am not proud of that” that it meant you didn’t like CFA. I figured you just didn’t like playing paultry gigs. FYI no CFA opening in my town even had a band. Just because you didn’t like those jobs you held doesn’t demean the job – just means they weren’t your cup of tea. Geez people get their noses in a twit over thinking things.

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  31. Steven - July 5, 2018 1:23 pm

    Yep, I learned long, long ago write that angry letter (this was way before social media), purge your system, say what you want to say, then fold it and put it aside – maybe for a day, or a week, or forever. Give yourself a minute to cool down and reflect. If you still feel the same, send it. Chances are it will stay in the drawer.

    I like the homemade wanna-be ice cream with chocolate sauce. And the sweet tea is good when it’s fresh. And the cows.

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  32. Dianne - July 5, 2018 1:24 pm

    It never ceases to amaze me how people take things out of context and become completely unglued and unhinged without knowing the full story. This guy is a perfect case in point. We will just assume that he was having an awful day and he missed your point entirely. I think a nap sounds like a good idea!

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  33. Gary, a man. - July 5, 2018 1:30 pm

    Have I forgotten how to read and comprehend? Most are assuming “Time to quit” is female. Why? Have I been reading a blog for women only? I hope not cause I enjoy what Sean writes, and I was one of the one’s who assumed the worst when the CFA comment was made. Glad you cleared that up. I’ll keep on reading and enjoying this. You bring back good memories and I appreciate that.

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  34. Shelton Armour - July 5, 2018 1:41 pm

    Now that’s a comeback that you can’t help but love. Sorry about Carnegie hall, but you’ve found a good niche for yourself. I love Chik-Fil-A’s waffle fries and shakes so I’m also a fan.

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  35. Jackye Thompson - July 5, 2018 2:03 pm

    My great grand daughter,age 5 ,loves CFA and would be so sad to,hear the whole world didnot.
    Loved your reply.
    Jackye T

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  36. Jim Newman - July 5, 2018 2:06 pm

    We need more people in this world like Sean.

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  37. Cindy P - July 5, 2018 2:07 pm

    I think everyone who has a hate response should take a nap. Love that kid and you!

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  38. Jessi C. - July 5, 2018 2:18 pm

    People seriously write this stuff to you?? That’s nuts. Well, it makes for great content, anyway! You’re a lemons-into-lemonade kind of guy, and because of you I try to remind myself to adopt this attitude more often. You’ve cultivated years of pain, disappointment and even humiliation into perseverance, forgiveness and kindness.

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  39. Carla Dillenburg - July 5, 2018 2:21 pm

    Great reply. I’ve seen so much of this, jumping to an erroneous conclusion about someone else’s online remarks and getting so unnecessarily wound up. You hit it on the head when you said this person WANTS to be angry.
    As to CFA, never been to one (not sure we have them in our region) and never heard of them until the flap over their position on a particular social issue. When I read your reference I wondered what part of that gig you weren’t proud of, the politics of the venue, your own performance, something you said or did that day that you wish you hadn’t, or any number of other possibilities? But I wan’t foolish enough to pick one possibility and run with it. Anyway, Mama taught me to give folks the benefit of the doubt, when there is one. That way if I have to eat my words, they aren’t nasty.

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  40. Stephen - July 5, 2018 2:35 pm

    Awesome as always!

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  41. Connie Havard Ryland - July 5, 2018 2:40 pm

    Some people just look for something mean and negative to say. Your reply was perfect. Love and hugs.

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  42. Cheryl McWilliams - July 5, 2018 2:42 pm

    Really? Really? That person took offense at that statement? That just further supports my observation that there are more people who are LOOKING for a way to be offended, nowadays, than ever, before! Anyone who reads your columns would know you might have been “unproud” of the gig. Never would most people interpret that as “unproud” of being in front of a Chik-Fil-A! Or a Mickey D, or a Hardees! For a gig. What a jackass! Can I say that? OK, what a jackass. Love is your gig, Sean, and we love you.

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  43. Mindi Rice - July 5, 2018 2:54 pm

    Don’t sweat it, Sean. Half the country has lost their sense of humor and is constantly looking for a reason to be butthurt or mad.
    The rest of us are your fans. We still enjoy a laugh, a reminder of simpler days gone by, or a story with a moral. And, of course, all those things accompanied by a big glass of sweet tea, preferably in a Mason jar.

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  44. Dianne Correll - July 5, 2018 3:17 pm

    Some people just gotta say something…
    Love your writings.

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  45. Summer - July 5, 2018 3:35 pm

    Wow. That guy (or gal) does need a nap. Too many Hater B. McHatefuls looking for an excuse to hate. Sadly, both William Burr and Camille likely nailed it. I don’t hate anybody but I do hate identity politics. It’s ruining our country.

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  46. Melissa Hoehn - July 5, 2018 3:37 pm

    I just fell in love with you, Sean. A married woman with three children, vacationing in the gulf coast, and i just fell madly in love with you. Way to spread the smiles.

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  47. Jack Darnell - July 5, 2018 3:59 pm

    Yeah I started to quit too! But when you have an addiction you just feed it. So I just rolled with the punches and of course as always forwarded YOU to my friends and one I don’t like but don’t hate him either! LOL

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  48. Lee Taylor - July 5, 2018 3:59 pm

    Sean. Really glad you got to clarify your CFA statement. I think many of us got the wrong impression. I was hoping you might speak to it later. Sorry for the hater. Hope she read your reply. Keep touching our hearts daily. You da man!

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  49. Andy Gartman - July 5, 2018 4:39 pm

    Dear Sean,
    Once again you you’ve taken the high road when someone tries to torpedo you (we former submarine sailors work those under the sea references into the conversation whenever we can). It’s so refreshing in the current atmosphere of vitriol to see someone respond to hate with kindness. Thank you.
    Still hoping to see you and Jamie in church one Sunday.
    Your preacher buddy,
    Andy Gartman

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  50. Janet Mary Lee - July 5, 2018 5:03 pm

    Yep, I have often found going an extra mile and really finding out what a person actually means is always a worthwhile endeavor. We should always clarify something before jumping in to hate. Somethings may need changing, rarely hating. I always appreciate your loving responses…( genuine smile!).

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  51. Sally T. - July 5, 2018 5:08 pm

    Let me pose this question to all of you who are still trying to say that Sean was in the wrong or needed to clarify what he meant (which he owed no one an explanation, in my opinion): What would it matter if he didn’t agree with CFA’s religious stance (as some like to call it) or politics (as I think is the better word)? Is that the end all for you fair-weather friends? Is that the make or break? Is that reason enough to criticize and quit reading him? Is he not entitled to his own opinions? From reading the comments on his stories over the years, it’s clear that people take away what they want from his stories–maybe some assume he’s conservative because that’s what they read into his writings, while others may assume he’s liberal because that’s what they gather from his writings. As I stated yesterday, I have NEVER read a story of Sean’s where he took any sort of political stance. So what if he did disagree with CFA on their stand against same-sex marriage? Does that make him a bad person? NO! It may make him different than you, but that’s what makes the world go ’round.

    And just as a side note, CFA decided that it was best to stay out of that debate and released this statement in July 2012:

    “Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.”

    I am simply mortified by the intolerance I am reading in the words of so many of you. I just don’t understand why you think Sean of the South needs to agree with you in order for you to continue to read him. I guess in the simplest of terms it boils down to arrogance. Some people are so arrogant that they do not believe they could be wrong or that there could be another opinion, other than their’s, that is right. It just seems completely contrary to the message Sean shares everyday.

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  52. Ken - July 5, 2018 7:03 pm

    If we could drop a plane load of naps and Chicken biscuits on Washington (or insert troubled place of choice here), it might just solve a lot of problems….

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  53. Sandra - July 5, 2018 7:25 pm

    Oh my. Maybe they need lunch and a nap! 😁

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  54. Amy - July 5, 2018 8:02 pm

    Hold on Sean, at first I got a kinda negative vibe on that too. We pro-Chic Fil A folks have had to defend our beloved quite a bit so forgive us if we’re a little testy. We’d be heartbroken if YOU, of all people, were hatin on our beloved restaurant. You’re a voice of sanity to some of us and if YOU had turned your back due to politics, well, it’d be bad. We didn’t understand where you were going with that. I’ll go take my nap now. 🙂

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  55. Frieda Borntrager - July 5, 2018 10:46 pm

    There is a vast difference between a great chicken sandwich made by a reputable company and feeling lower than dirt about one’s station in life. You have done so well, Sean, please don’t stop writing now! Love your stories about the humanity of the people you meet. And, Thelma Lou stories are just the greatest!

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  56. Karen Murphy - July 5, 2018 11:20 pm

    Maybe a nap and a “crying closet” too would help. I love your writing. And I love Chic-Fil-A too. Keep em coming my friend.

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  57. Dave Dail - July 6, 2018 1:25 am

    Social media brings out the hatred in people, we all need to agree to disagree on a lot of big issues. Once we do that we need to stop all the ugly rhetoric and work toward solving some of the real problems that face this great nation. So let’s all have a biscuit with whatever you prefer on it and get to work. I love your daily musings and plan to read more of your work as soon as I can. I would not spend too much time on the folks who take offense at a comment about Chick Filet because for a lot of people around Atlanta Chick Filet is their church or at least as close to church as they ever get.

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  58. Jodi - July 6, 2018 2:36 am

    Hi Sean, I have to admit when I read that post I did a “what did he say”? But, I immediately and I mean IMMEDIATLY, knew you did not mean what I thought you meant. Anyway, we love your posts, we love you and yours. Give Thelma Lou a hug and tell Jamie to take good care of you both! Roll Tide!!

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  59. Patricia Gibson - July 6, 2018 3:42 am

    Good job!

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  60. Patti Stahlhut - July 6, 2018 1:50 pm

    That writer who chastised Sean for his comment on Chick Fil- a needs to read all the words Sean writes, not to just pick out one sentence. The insight Sean has into the human race is beautiful and loving.

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  61. FRAN PURSER - July 6, 2018 4:34 pm

    It is this part of your heart and spirit that I try to immolate (gosh I hope I spelled that correctly and that it is the word I am meaning to use….google isn’t always the be all to end all; bless their hearts). What a kind and gentle manner for chopping someone off at the knees (bless his heart).
    As always, I sure appreciate and love you, every single day.
    And now it is nap time for me and my 2 fur-baby girls! Fran

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  62. Linda Chipman - July 6, 2018 4:58 pm

    Sad that there are people who get angry about a few words and don’t read all the words. I love Chic-Fil-A because it will always remind me of my beloved husband. We met right after he graduated college and we still went to a few fraternity parties. The next day my husband always wanted to go to Chic-Fil-A because he claimed a chicken sandwich would cure a hangover! I will miss him the rest of my life, and I still eat at Chic-Fil-A.

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  63. Sandy nickel - July 10, 2018 3:49 pm

    Haters gonna hate!

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  64. priscillaking - July 11, 2018 6:41 pm

    Nice, even if the tweet did seem to be asking for…an opportunity to clarify it with the whole story.

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  65. Jimmie - September 1, 2018 11:02 am

    I wonder how many times people have gotten angry at me for not explaining a fleeting comment? Probably a lot! If you’d have explained all that in your story, you’d have lost the subject completely. I do hope your arm hair and eyebrows have grown back. Next stop; Could be a good idea to get a new grill if it’s still tasting like gasoline. 😊

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  66. Pat Thomason - September 1, 2018 3:55 pm

    I’m still trying to figure out why people love Chic Fil A so much. It’s employees are friendlier and more courteous than most and the food is tasty. But, boy for what you get, it is EXPENSIVE. It is often less costly at a chain restaurant for a meal than at CFA. BTW, I ignored the sentence about not being proud of playing at a CFA opening. Who WOULD consider that one of life’s most accomplished moments?

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  67. Clark Hining - September 1, 2018 8:49 pm

    I knew exactly what you meant when I first read it the other day. I even told my wife what you meant. Maybe it’s just a common sense thing. Seemed like it to me at the time. Anyway, anyone who has been following you for any amount of time should know better that that!
    You’re a good soul Sean! Keep it up.

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