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Her Heroes Come From Everywhere


Dear Abby: A while back you asked your readers to name their heroes.  May I contribute?

My heroes are nameless, often faceless and in most cases unsung.  They will never have their 15 minutes of fame.  Their deeds will not be recorded in history books, but their kindness inspires and their deeds will forever affect the lives of others, though they may not realize it.

My heroes are parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, foster parents, teachers, playground monitors, and crossing guards who teach others to have values, common sense, and to be ethical in their treatment of others. 

My heroes are young girls who spend a year grooming and conditioning their hair, then cut it off so it may be given to a child who has none; those who pick-up trash along the highways and byways to keep America clean; police officers who stop you because you have done something stupid, then let you go because they know you made an honest mistake and you will be sure not to do it again.

My heroes are the guys on the garbage truck who take a few extra seconds to pick up the items that did not make it into the truck and make sure the receptacle is upright and undamaged before moving onto the next house; grown-ups who hold their children’s hands in parking lots to keep them safe; teachers who stay after school to help a student struggling with homework, a trouble home life or homelessness.

My heroes are strangers on the streets and in buildings who take a moment to ask if they can help you because of the uncertain expression on your face; every shelter worker who has ever cried when a homeless or abused creature was euthanized; my dear father, whose strong hands, often bruised and bloodied, made a living for his family, who gently held his frightened little girl and often shared more than he could afford with others less fortunate than he.  These are my heroes.

Julie in Scott City, MO.


Dear Julie:

Thank you for taking the time to describe your many heroes.  On this day, of all days, let us give thanks for those individuals who have made, and continue to make, a positive difference in our lives.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Love, Abby

* Dear Abby is written by Jeanne Phillips.  The column is promoted by the Universal Press Syndicate.  This article first appeared in the Tri-Valley Times, a Bay Area News Group newspaper dated November 24, 2011.



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