Hero. For such a little word it sure has a lot of meaning. When you label someone a hero, it’s kind of a big deal.
And then, as if being a hero wasn’t big enough, we also have the next level up which are super heroes. I am personally a big fan of one super hero in particular.
Yet being a hero doesn’t have to be such a status symbol or echelon event. We can be a hero to someone just by paying for their coffee if they’re low on money. Or sending a card to say “I’m thinking of you” when you know they had a shitty day. How about standing up for them when no one else will.
Or buying them a donut because you know they really want one and would eat it if someone gave it to them but would not buy it themselves.
Ok maybe that last one is just my idea of a hero.
I used to think a hero was someone who literally saved lives. Now I’d be cool with someone who just saved me a seat in a crowded room.
Isabella was asked to do a writing assignment about a hero. She had to include a main idea, 3 details, and a concluding sentence. Of course because she’s my daughter she did extra credit and added 2 extra details.
Here’s what she wrote:
My mom is a hero. Do you want to know why? If not, stop reading.
She is pretty. She gets her hair colored. Dad says she is beautiful. Every time she gets a haircut Cora says, “You look pretty.”
She is fun. She plays lots of games. She will play almost anything. She plays games on TV.
She is daring. She does the Polar Plunge. She does lots of scary stuff. She does belly flops in the water sometimes.
She is strict. Sometimes she yells. One time she took away my toys. She makes us follow so many rules.
She is nice. She bought us angel food cake. She gets us toys. She smiles a lot.
So now I’ve told you all about how my mom is a hero (if you read it).
See. All you need to be a hero is pretty, fun, daring, strict, and nice. Its achievable yet also enough criteria to weed out the posers.
Also, I don’t know where she got the belly flop thing because I never jump in the water….I’m afraid of water. Can a hero be a hero and still be afraid of water? I feel like that in and of itself shouldn’t disqualify me. I just won’t be the kind of hero to save you if you’re drowning.
What is a hero to you? Who is a hero in your life? Have you told them? Maybe you should. I guarantee they’ll feel pretty special.
Now let’s go talk about it over angel food cake. I’ll buy!