A few years ago while visiting my parents I came across a book by Brad Meltzer titled “Heroes For My Son.” Most of the people filling the pages were accomplished, heroic contributors to society. Most I’d heard about since elementary school, a few others new to me. Having sons of our own, I thought this would be a great addition to our bookshelf and ordered it for my husband to give to him for Father’s Day. We love to get it out every so often and read to our boys about these great men and women who have made such a difference in our world.
Over the years I’ve found myself thinking about about the idea of “heroes” and how others influence who we are and who we become. Being a parent of three boys, I see hundreds of people influencing them on a daily basis. Teachers at school, leaders at church, the librarian at the local library, friends and their siblings, friends’ parents and grandparents, the man stocking the shelves at the grocery store, the person in front of us at the post office… Every day I hope I’ve taught my boys enough to make good decisions on their own. To know which influences to internalize and make a part of them and when to learn from bad example (the latter all too often being my own!).
I’ve come to realize that the realm of heroes exists well beyond the Abraham Lincolns and the Amelia Earharts. It exists in our schools, in our grocery stores, in our traffic jams, in our every-day lives. I want my sons to learn from our founding fathers, our inventors, survivors, writers, and athletes, but I also want them to learn from the every-day heroes they encounter everywhere they go.
My hope for this blog is to write about those every-day heroes that make a difference in our lives. That help our kids become who we hope they will become. The heroes that may never make it into our history books, but leave this world a better place than they found it. And please, I’d love to hear about those every-day heroes in your lives as well!
I also will write about the lessons I l hope my boys will learn as they navigate Life and the lessons I learn every day from three crazy, crawfish-catching boys and an oh-so-very wise husband.