Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Your Neighborhood Heroes

I have been thinking a lot about heroes lately. What defines a hero? For me and I am sure for you too it is someone who is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for the safety of others. My heart still aches when I see something on TV about the NYC Fire Department or when I think of the passengers on Flight 93 laying down their lives in a Pennsylvania field. I think of my son and the other 550 young marines at their boot camp graduation last fall. All brave and ready to take on whatever life or the Corps hands them. But what about the heroes next door.

When my son was an adolescent, somewhere between 11 and 13, he came home one day, thrilled to have made a new friend. All evening, each statement started with the phrase “Mom, wait until you meet Steven!” I did eventually meet Steven. He was tall for his age, where my son was not so tall for his age. They looked like Mutt and Jeff, walking around the neighborhood getting into all sorts of mischief…doing things I am sure I do not want to know about.

As they grew up, they remained friends moving from bicycles & snakes to trucks & women.

These two boys grew into beautiful men. My son to the Marine Corps and Steven to the Texas Department of Prisons as a guard (despite a side trip into modeling that landed him in a Giorgio Armani magazine ad). These boys, these men…chose the road to give back to their community.

Ten days ago we buried Steven.

He lost his life, not while he was serving his state at work. He lost his life helping a friend. Pulling himself out of bed at 3am, while fighting some sort of illness, to help a friend…He ended up in the middle of a domestic dispute.

Please take time to thank those that are givers in your life. They may not have chosen to put on a uniform daily. But you know who I am talking about, the friend that you can always count on ….the one that would crawl out of a sick bed to help you. Hug them now. Love them now. Thank them now.

Acknowledge your neighborhood heroes.

1 comment :

  1. Dear Lorri-

    My sympathies to your family and Steven's on his untimely death. What a beautiful tribute to his life and all he stood for. Thank you for sharing. "Ordinary men often stand as giants among us."