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Ordinary Superheros

Posted Tuesday, September 8, 2009, at 11:32 AM

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You don't need Spandex!
America is fascinated with superheros. We have The Dark Knight, Superman, Spider man, Hulk and my personal favorite Wolverine.

All these superheros have something in common, they all have their weaknesses and strengths.

Some have fears, some can be felled by Kryptonite, and others have self-esteem issues.

Sometimes I watch a movie with a superhero and wish, Man I wish I could do that!

How many times I wished I could move the guy in front of me out of the way, when he pulls out in traffic and then drives 20 MPH.

Wonder twin powers activate!

But as I look around at people I realize that I have met some superheros just sans spandex.

I know a lady who has a special needs son, who with great personal sacrifice, she helps others with their needs.

She is disabled too and in pain quite a bit of time, but you'd never know. Superhero.

Or the young man, raising his two daughters alone, going to school and working. Doing his best for these girls, no matter what.

They will have a good home. Superhero.

I have seen seniors that sacrifice of themselves for family and grandchildren.

Raising them as their own when they aught to be cruising in a sweet retirement vehicle chilling out.

It take superhero patience to deal with rude people as you are checking them out, (for 5.25 a hour), at a big retailer that won't give you insurance.

Ordinary folks doing super ordinary things.

I think of the two brothers, John and Joel Rechlitz who pull a child out of a burning vehicle with no thought of their own safety.

Heros, superheros.

Maybe you have met one. Could be your mother, grandfather or the nice young man that works at the UGO.

We all have a quality inside of us, born of God and ready to be activated.

If you see someone that you know, that has done something super for you or others, tell them so.

Thank our volunteer firefighters, who go back into the burning home to rescue a child's pet.

The nurse, who stays a little longer to make certain the child requiring a emergency appendectomy is settled in and not afraid anymore.

The elderly man who takes the time to teach a young man, without a father, about cars.

The teen that takes time to help the smaller child, rescuing him from his peers picking on him.

I have several people on my mind and heart.. Who can you send a note or a hug to today?

It really matters, sometimes more than you know.

Superheros get burnt out and depressed in the daily act of giving. Let's lift them up and pass along that gift, it is in you.


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Extremely heart-felt and well written blog. I have several "every-day heros" in my life too...my mother, my husband, my children, my fellow educators who give of themselves to teach others, and so many more. Bless them all!

-- Posted by shawna.jones on Wed, Sep 9, 2009, at 1:17 AM

I will always consider my father the superhero in my life and I will always look up to him and hope to aspire to be like him one day. Even when he was blind and had failing health, he never gave up on taking care of me as a single parent and always provided me with a loving home and knew that I was always special to him. I wish all children could have such an amazing father like I did. :-)

-- Posted by jaxspike on Wed, Sep 9, 2009, at 11:42 AM

My parents! Not only did they provide for us, but their example of hard work and determination has been instilled in all six of us! The importance of an education, the voice to speak out when something is so wrong, diversity, all people are equal, my mother never missed a play at the local playhouse. When my father got dressed for church on Sunday, he'd say.."watch out, I'm so sharp, I'll cut ya." My father gave us a sense of responsiblity and your shoes speak volumns of the person walking in them. The invaluable art of quick wit, compassion, and control. We traveled all over the country, I sometimes went to three different schools a year! Thanks mom and dad, for showing us there's a big world out there beyond our noses!!

-- Posted by Freedomof Speech on Thu, Sep 10, 2009, at 10:03 AM

You guys have some great memories. Jaxspike what a amazing man! Freedom your parents sound so great! Man, I do wish everyone could have great parents like you all have had.

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Thu, Sep 10, 2009, at 4:02 PM

"I will always consider my father the superhero in my life and I will always look up to him and hope to aspire to be like him one day. Even when he was blind and had failing health, he never gave up on taking care of me as a single parent and always provided me with a loving home and knew that I was always special to him. I wish all children could have such an amazing father like I did. :-)"

-- Posted by jaxspike on Wed, Sep 9, 2009, at 11:42 AM

BEAUTIFUL!

-- Posted by shawna.jones on Sun, Sep 13, 2009, at 10:40 AM

EXCELLENT blog, Lesa!

-- Posted by MotherMayhem on Tue, Sep 15, 2009, at 3:07 PM

If I can only live to be half the man my father was, my life will have been a success. Lesa, yours was a very well written and touching tribute to the heroes in our midst every day.

Thank You!

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Wed, Sep 16, 2009, at 12:37 AM


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Lesa Cox has owned a cleaning service and a bookstore; now, she repairs and maintains computers for the elderly and others on a fixed income. She enjoys animals, gardening, books and fixing old cars. She and her husband have one son, who suffers from Asperger's syndrome.