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Why I Do It

Peaches had to do a project at school about her hero. She had to write a 2-page paper and put a photo of her hero on an artboard, and then decorate it.

I was deeply flustered when she asked me for a picture of me. It is both gratifying and disconcerting to have my child think of me as a hero. I'm not faster than a speeding bullet. I can't leap tall buildings even after multiple tries. I have no physical coordination and I don't think that Orlando Bloom is particularly good-looking. I am often impatient. I'm not at all exceptional.

She told me that she chose me because I've done more for her than any movie star or politician or sports figure. She said that I'm an example to her. It made me cry.

And it made me cry even harder when she told me that three quarters of her class chose one of their parents as their heroes.

These kids today....


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Apr. 14th, 2005 10:18 pm (UTC)
That sounds about right, to me. Heroism isn't about the supernatual being doing the supernatural. It's about real people accomplishing things that look awesome from the outside. Remember, the eye sees not itself.
Apr. 14th, 2005 10:28 pm (UTC)
That's so awesome!!! There's something to be said about knowing you can lean on Mom whenever...like it doesn't matter how stupid the reason is why the child may be upset but that he/she can go to Mom and get the solace. That's one of the only reasons I miss my Mom -- but then i float back to reality and remember that as of late, i was doing all of the comforting.
Apr. 14th, 2005 11:07 pm (UTC)
As a child it was frustrating for me because there wasn't anyone I really thought of as a hero. When forced to, I would pick one, but my heart wasn't in it. I wasn't able to appreciate my parents in a way that I could think of them as heroes until I was much older, and I still have some difficulty with that. If I were being 100% honest, I would say that the first person I ever thought of as a hero is Andrew Vachss. The second would be Alice Vachss.
Apr. 14th, 2005 11:07 pm (UTC)
Wow. That's wonderful. And you have a smart kid, to realize what being a hero is really about.
Apr. 15th, 2005 03:10 am (UTC)
awwwwww, that made *me* misty eyed, i can't imagine how you got through her telling you that without collapsing in a teary heap.

and it's incredibly inspiring to know that kids are looking to their immediate tangiable surroundings for examples of heroism. that's really encouraging.
Apr. 15th, 2005 03:43 pm (UTC)
Oof, those kids really know how to get you, don't they? How wonderful that so many of them chose their parents.
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