My son Little B is the student of the week in his fourth grade class room and one of the things he had to do was create a newspaper page on his summer and his life.
I helped him write a story about our summer trip to the Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Island and cut out a photo of him for the main piece of art. He’d already worked on the other part of the page and one section was title “My hero.”
He chose me and to be honest I got a little tear in my eyes when he read it. He bypassed all the Hollywood actors and singers he likes. He didn’t chose a Detroit Lion or Tiger. He went with dad.
“My dad is my hero because he taught me how to play soccer and he works with me in the backyard,” B wrote. “He also taught me basketball, football and baseball. He goes to all my games and I like being with him. He also writes good stories for the newspaper.”
It wasn’t much but it meant the world to me. I totally would understand if he picked Justin Verlander, Calvin Johnson or Matthew Stafford. They are public figures and often times children choose athletes as heroes.
I understand but privately disagree. Your mom and dad should be your role model and hero. But there are a lot of children who do not have parents in their lives. There is something missing and it is sad. The weekend is almost here. I know we get busy with jobs and professional obligations but do something with your child that will make him or her happy.
Be a hero.