Heroes, If Just For One Day

Hero

[heer-oh]

noun, plural heroes; for 5 also heros.

1.  a person noted for courageous acts or nobility of character:

2.  a person who, in the opinion of others, has special achievements, abilities, or personal qualities and is regarded as a role model or ideal:

One of the hidden strengths in any community are the heroes that reside within it. Special people, often quiet and unsung and without the need for kudos or special thanks, that do extraordinary things to make the lives of those around them better, safer, and more enjoyable.

We all know/knew heroes that have affected our lives or the lives of others. Teachers, police, fire, are common heroes in everyday life. But there are others: the neighbor that helps look after the people around them. A shop owner that reaches out to help an employee or stranger on the street. It can be as easy as helping an elderly person cross the street, buying someone coffee on a cold winter day to help them stay warm, giving a handicapped person a ride home. Whatever.

This past issue we had three stories submitted about heroes, so in keeping with the heartbeat of the Lakewood community, let’s hear more. Send in a short call-out or story about a hero in your neighborhood or life, and if we print it, the person gets a gift certificate from one of the many restaurants we work with, and you will get the same.

We can be heroes, if just for one day!

“Though nothing, will keep us together

We could steal time, just for one day

We can be heroes, forever and ever”

David Bowie, “Heroes”

Jim O'Bryan

Publisher, Lakewood Observer, Inc.

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Volume 14, Issue 4, Posted 12:12 PM, 02.20.2018