“Holding Out For A Hero”

Heroes are defined by each of us, in many, many different ways. The cop on the beat. The fire fighter. The Super Bowl hero. The guitar hero. Heroes in real life and heroes in fiction. Tough guy heroes. Tough women heroes. War heroes – peace heroes. Nameless heroes and heroes that have their names splashed across the Front Page.

The fallen hero.  The unsung heroes. A new hero. The everyday Mom and Dad heroes. The heroic relatives that step forward to care for children in times of tragedy. The old, nearly forgotten, hero from a time long ago.

Personally, I am not given to hero-worship. There are many, many people that I admire greatly, including our President and the First Lady, but very few that I would consider a hero. The list is short:

The Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr.

Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali.

Senator and presidential candidate Bobby Kennedy.

It is noteworthy that all of my heroes made their mark in the Sixties, the era in which I came of age.

“Holding Out For A Hero”

“I need a hero
I’m holding out for a hero ’til the end of the night
He’s gotta be strong
And he’s gotta be fast
And he’s gotta be fresh from the fight”

Bonnie Tyler, 1986 – written by Jim Steinman and Dean Pitchford.

So, you don’t need to call them heroes if you don’t want to use that term, no labels required, but who would you put on that pedestal and why?

William Stephenson Clark


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10 responses to ““Holding Out For A Hero”

  1. prairie pond

    Ok, my top ten list of SHEroes goes like this:

    Molly Ivins
    Molly Ivins
    Molly Ivins
    Rachel Maddow
    Ann Richards
    The Rude Pundit
    Shirley Chisholm
    Elizabeth Wulf (local shero)
    Tiffany Mueller (former Kansan shero)

    I think that about covers it….

  2. prairie pond

    Oops, I forgot that The Rude One is not a woman. Ok, bonus. Add to that list THE Friggin’ Loon!

  3. Howdy WSC and Pondie.
    I wanna point out that it was with WSC’s help and encouragement that I started the 1st KANSASMEDIOCRITY blog!

    I also used MLKJ on my page about John Brown.

  4. prairie pond

    Hi SEKB! Good to see you.

  5. I intend to spend more time blogging with you folks, even though I have little time for my own blog.
    I just put up a post as a tribute to my friends here!

  6. Ah, you guys. I don’t like being in any spotlight. I love that I have you in my life! Can’t we just do our “Kum ba yah” berry berry quietly and privately …

    More time with US, Sekan!? Whoopppeee! You’re a funny guy, and a thinking guy. I like hearing what you have to say.

    Off to Kansas Mediocrity.

  7. Without going into the details best kept private.

    One of the people who was a hero in my life is Mr. Thornburg, my 8th grade English teacher, who told me that he admired me. He told me this at a time in my life that I might have taken a different and not very good path . He didn’t know (at least I don’t know how he could have known) that I was facing a fork in the road, but he told me that he felt I was the most well rounded and grounded person he knew. He said I had the intellectual, spiritual, social aspects of life in balance and he admired me for being so mature.

    I couldn’t disappoint him. He believed in me. So, I made a good decision.

    Soon after this time in my life he moved out of state and I never saw him again. I never told him thank you. Recently I found out he had taught for a time at a university in Arizona and is now deceased. I wish I could tell him what a difference he made in my life!

    • indypendent

      Now, that is the reason real teachers go into the profession. To be able to reach a young person and make a difference.

      I wish we had more teachers today like your Mr. Thornburg.

      I had a few teachers like that myself. But, hell, I’m a grandmother so my kids think I rode to school on the back of a dinosaur with Fred Flinstone – LOL

      No, seriously. With the absymal failure of the No Child Left Behind crap and the current system that seems to be set up for failure – I hate to admit it – but I do not think we are getting the best and brightest to go into the teaching profession.

      Or am I being too cynical?

  8. indypendent

    I remember when school age kids would routinely cite the President as their hero. Or the police chief, fire chief or a favorite teacher.

    It seems like the heroes of today are puffed up by way too much money, making poor choices and then winding up in trouble but yet our young people still think that a person’s sucess or failure in life is tied to how much money you have.

    We need to get back to respecting everyone and recognizing there is a talent in each of us that if harnessed as a team – our country can and will be better for it.