Richard Weirich

The Wind Beneath My Wings

Who is the HERO in your life?  I’m not talking about heroes of the Hollywood or sports variety.  Let’s give thought to those who had the greatest influence on molding you into the person you are today.

Interestingly, if you look up the word, HERO, in your trusty dictionary, you may get a surprise.  Check this out from the Oxford Dictionary.

a priestess of Aphrodite at Sestos on the European shore of the Hellespont, whose lover Leander, a youth of Abydos on the opposite shore, swam the strait nightly to visit her. One stormy night he was drowned, and Hero in grief threw herself into the sea.

Wow. I didn’t know that.  HERO was the name of a mythical person and did nothing heroic.  She took her own life after the drowning of her lover.  Well, that bursts my bubble.  Let’s try again.  Next definition, please:

(1st century), Greek mathematician and inventor; known as Hero of Alexandria. He described a number of hydraulic, pneumatic, and other mechanical devices, including elementary applications of the power of steam

Struck out, again.  Oh, yeah.  A HERO is also a sandwich.  Once more, back to the dictionary:

a person, typically a man, who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities

Finally.  That’s what I was looking for.  However, forget the gender specific argument.

Me, Mable, & Inky
Me, Mable, & Inky

My primary motivation for writing IN THE VALLEY OF HOPE was to pay tribute to my HERO, in this case, HEROINE.  No, Charlie, is not the HERO in the story.  He is the protagonist.

 The character, Mable, is the HEROINE, and the individual who has had the greatest influence on my life.  My grandmother’s unshakable faith, kindness, generosity, sacrificial love, and moral integrity was my foundation.  She taught me more about right and wrong, life, and how to treat others than anyone.

 A passage of scripture, 1 Cor. 13:7,  comes to mind when thinking about the way she loved me.   It (love) always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

 In high school when I showed some musical promise she surprised me with a professional trombone that she paid for with money from an envelope in which she kept her “mad money.”  Mind you, she was poor.  It was like the story of the widow’s mite from the Bible, the gist of which is that…she gave all she had.  She loved me…sacrificially.

When I brought Janet home for the first time, my grandmother called me into the kitchen.  “She’s the one,” she said.  “Don’t let that one get away.”

I could go on an on about that great lady, and as I said,  IN THE VALLEY OF HOPE is a tribute to her.  The second book in the series is already in the works and tells the story of when her faith was put to its greatest test.

One more quote here, from the classic Bette Midler song, The Wind Beneath My Wings:

 Did you ever know that you’re my hero,
And everything I would like to be?

So, who is your hero?  Who is The Wind Beneath YOUR Wings?

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