Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Who is your hero? As I was a kid, my daddy was my hero. He could do anything, make anything better. Okay, he's still my hero. Regardless of how old I have gotten, my dad can still make things better with just a smile, a hug or just a cup of coffee and a chat.

As my children grow, I wonder who their heroes are. My oldest daughter in her freshman year at college states her younger brother is her hero. He has inspired her to go into the field of speech and language pathology with his hard work to overcome, and live a normal (whatever normal is) life with his autism. My son has worked hard to overcome his nonverbal state. He learned sign language in order to communicate with us, and then after the age of three started to verbalize. He spent a lot of hard work on occupational therapy to control his sensory overload.

When I wrote my first book, my hero in the book was very similar to another one of my heroes -- my husband. The hero in my story was kindhearted, loving and had a quiet strength about him. This is a man that is supportive, encouraging and just picks you up when you are down. My first book wouldn't have been written without that support and encouragement from my husband.

So whether you write, or are a reader, what is your ideal hero? Or who is your real life hero? What makes a hero? Hard work and perseverance, or is it someone that is just always there?

We all need heroes in our lives, and we all need to strive to be a hero in someone else's life.


Sheila Tenold said...

Good post, Emma! My idealized hero and real life hero are two different animals. I enjoy reading stories about wounded alphas. In reality I found my hero firefighter husband. Talk about a caring man! Who is more qualified for that tag? Now he might have a few alpha traits, which also attracted me, but his understanding heart is what keeps the fire burning.

Clarissa Southwick said...

I had never really thought about it before, but my heroes resemble my husband, kind, quiet, and intelligent. I'm often told to"Alpha" them up.Great post, Emma.

Emma Leigh said...

Thanks for stopping by Sheila and Clarissa. It's great to hear how other people perceive their heroes.

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

I always thought my father could walk on water. He has always been one of my heroes and I chuckle remembering his embarrassment when I told him what he meant to me. My other hero is my hubby - they say girls often marry someone like their father. In my case I did. His temperment is the absolute opposite, but his kindness, willing to help everyone who needs help, stepping in when it is needed, and so on earns him a lot of feathers for his wings. I often tease him he is going around in circles because all of his 'feathers are on the same side' but he is an angel in hero attire. :) I might add my daughter took the same road and married someone much like her dad and granddad.

Joanne said...

Your husband sounds like a wonderful man. I've been married 35 years, and my husband is supportive, generous, and caring. He is most definitely my hero.