I have a mango tree in my garden.
It produces beautiful mangoes, as you can see in the picture.
The tree has grown with little help from me. I cut branches back and keep it from getting too close to the ground and that's about it.
I do not know Matthew Mitcham, who is on the Australian Beijing Olympic team.
He is a diver. I wish him well in his events.
Before he went to Beijing, Matthew disclosed that he was gay. He hoped his partner would be able to go to Beijing to watch him compete. Matthew is only 20.
If I can be proud of any achievements in my life, helping to create an environment where Matthew can comfortably accept his sexuality, and compete with little fuss, would be one of them.
But it's not something that happens overnight. It can take longer than a mango tree to grow to maturity.
Matthew and the mango tree -- both wonderful to see.
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