Amazing Heroes

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHave you ever noticed that a person who is a true hero often feels like he or she isn’t?  The hero is often humble, want no recognition, and says “I’m just doing my job.”

I have seen some stories recently in the news about heroes who have stunned and awed me.  These heroes brought me to tears for what they have done for someone else.

The human spirit is amazing and one of love and compassion.  And, the fact that a true hero often wants no recognition is always surprising to me.

Many in our world today want their 15 minutes of fame and will do many crazy and awful things to get it.  But those real heroes (or sheroes as Maya Angelou once wrote) simply have done something brave or were compelled to help someone else.  I hope that we will have these hearts of love and compassion instead of hate and violence.

Webster’s online dictionary defines a hero as: “a person who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities.”

To me a hero is the following:

  • A fireman or woman who rushes into a burning building to save those trapped inside
  • A paramedic performing CPR in the ambulance on the trip to the hospital
  • A soldier, pilot, seaman and many others who have been called up to fight in a war
  • A soldier badly injured in battle who comes back home
  • The families of soldiers who have been called to active duty
  • A nurse who helps save an accident victim
  • A NICU nurse who stays up all night with preemies
  • Parents protecting their child from harm at their own peril
  • A police officer tasked with keeping a city’s residents safe
  • A teacher helping a hungry child focus on learning to read
  • A teacher who is excited for students to learn
  • Home health nurses who visit and care for the sick and elderly
  • Hospice nurses and doctors who provide comfort to a dying person
  • Doctors who help us when we are sick
  • Doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel who work in countries with little to no medical care
  • A  Cub Scout leader helping boys to learn and grow
  • A youth pastor praying with a troubled young person
  • A cancer patient in the battle of his or her life
  • The family of that patient who is there for every step
  • A pastor counseling a church member
  • Hospital staff members working on holidays when everyone else is having fun
  • The line workers who restore our lights and heat during heavy storms
  • Workers who keep the roads safe for us when weather is bad
  • The bus drivers who safely help children arrive home from school
  • Friends and family who are with us as we grieve

Sadly most of these heroes don’t earn a lot of money.  Yet, they are so important to us and there when we need them.  I am so very thankful for all of these people and all that they do.

What is a hero to you?  I would love to hear your ideas.

February 2 — Mail

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Monday!  Today’s Photo A Day Challenge is Mail.  These envelopes are from letters that I sent to my grandparents while I was a child.  When I was younger, we regularly sent cards to them. After they passed away, they were sent to me.  It is amazing that they kept these cards for all of these years. I think my brother and sister got their letters back as well, as well as my cousins.

My grandparents liked their stuff and didn’t want to throw away special things from their children or grandchildren.  They kept lots of things and had 8 storage sheds on their property.  I remember cleaning those out and what an adventure that was.

My grandparents lived through the depression and that might be why they kept so much.  Or they just couldn’t part with things.  I am not quite sure. I just loved the chance to go through their treasures while they were still alive and see what mattered to them.

Now that they are gone, it has been nice to re-read these cards and letters that I sent to them decades ago. I have enjoyed reading all of these letters that I wrote in the 1970s.  It is hilarious to look back at what I was into and my writing abilities.  It is a treasure.  And the cost of stamps is something else too.  Only 8 cents in 1972.  Wow – much has changed, hasn’t it?!

Today I am thankful for:

  • My amazing grandparents
  • Grandma and Grandpa teaching me about love and family
  • Reading a note from my 10-year-old self
  • Family treasures
  • Our fascinating family history
  • Grandpa’s stories on tape and in writing
  • Memories with Grandma and Grandpa at their house
  • Family sing-alongs in their living room
  • Fun with my aunts, uncles, siblings, parents, grandparents, and cousins

I wonder if I will keep special letters as long as Grandma and Grandpa did?  I may keep a few but will have to be careful.  After all, I don’t have 8 storage sheds.