And the names didn’t stop popping into my melon—there are so many people in history and literature worthy of praise. While all these heroines and heroes have influenced or shaped me in some way, what can I possibly write that you don’t already know (or can Google)?
Thus, it made more sense, to talk about a hero of a more personal nature. The police, firefighter (yeah—those hot firemen), our U.S. military and the janitor who cleans my office came to mind. Again, as much as I appreciate these groups and individuals, these are public figures.
So to keep things simple, I decided to focus my hero blog on people I actually know. Who inspires me on a daily basis? The answer was easy.
· My daughter: she listens, she loves, and makes me glad to be alive.
· My friends—they gift me with laughter and purpose.
· And my critique partners! These women give…and give and give and give.
Dictionary.Com defines a heroine as “a woman of distinguished courage or ability, admired for her brave deeds and noble qualities.” Each of my critique partners exhibits these qualities and more. Believe me, it takes great courage to wade through one of my first drafts. Each of my critique partners also excels at brave deeds, often slugging through an entire manuscript in a single weekend simple because I need to submit on Monday.
So Ashantay, Linda, Lori, here’s to you! Thanks for being there, thanks for encouraging me during those times I wanted to hurl my laptop into the pool, and thanks for all the hours you expend on my behalf. You’re the best.
And finally, the real hero is my late husband, Jim. Gone now for almost a year, he endured the worst without complaint.
But I’m not ready to write about that…yet.
What about you? Other than family, who are your day-to-day hero/ines?