heroes

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There would be no heroes
if there was no sorrow.
Think about this
if your heart breaks tomorrow.

I was in awe yesterday of the courageous students who stepped forward and spoke up in the wake of unspeakable tragedy. I know they would exchange this hero status for their normal teenage lives in a heartbeat if it meant their friends had not been gunned down and their generation had not been held hostage to the gun violence that has reached epidemic proportions.  Look for the light to emerge from the darkness and there you will find your heroes-these kids have brought a new light to these dark times.

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11 thoughts on “heroes

  1. I wrote about this topic today, as well. I agree with Melanie, the way you write about these kids being heroes is so well-done. The line about the fact that they would likely exchange such hero status for their regular lives if it were not for being held hostage by this violence is spot-on. Love the picture, too.

  2. Your post reminds me of Mr. Rogers’ words about looking for the heroes. These kids are inspiring. I’m simultaneously filled with admiration for what they are doing and horrified that they’ve been placed in this position and that we adults have done so little.

  3. Thank goodness for these kids who are strong, brave, and definitely heroes. Love the poem and the photo. They are going to change the world! Thanks, Paula, for this thoughtful and inspirational post.

  4. Wow.

    “There would be no heroes
    if there was no sorrow.
    Think about this
    if your heart breaks tomorrow.”

    Such truth. Like you, I’m so inspired by their thoughtful leadership in this difficult time. We can learn so much from our youth.

  5. I love this short poem. It inspires me and helps me flip my own sorrow around. I also admire your reflection and noticed the same line that Lanny did: “they would exchange this hero status for their normal teenage lives in a heartbeat if it meant their friends had not been gunned down and their generation had not been held hostage to the gun violence…” I will keep looking for the light – and supporting those who are making change.

  6. Glad to see how many have written about the March from yesterday. I’ve read every one so far, eager to learn if others felt ‘it’ too.
    We have let these kids down on so many levels. I am proud of them and happy to follow their lead as we March forward to a better world, thanks to them.

  7. Their lives will never be the same! They will get adults to stop and think about Mental Illness and Gun Control issues! Their parents must be so proud that they are actually speaking up. So many young people have their thoughts but don’t express them! Thanks for sharing your poem and for attending the March!!

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