Posted on Monday, February 27th 2012 at 05:22 pm
I just heard that my cousin Bruce passed away. When I was a kid he was my hero. When I was little he was the biggest, strongest, and most courageous person I knew. He was only 5 years older than me, but he was light years ahead of me. I think like George Bailey in "It's a Wonderful Life" Bruce was just "born older". I remember when I was about 8 watching him train his bull for the 4H contest at the county fair (where we ate Tom Thumb Donuts and won "humdingers" throwing dimes in dishes). The bull took off running and I had my foot inside the coil of rope. As the slack in the rope diminished I had the fleeting impression I should move my foot, but suddenly I was jerked in the air and dragged across the corral. I was hitting rocks and getting pretty beat up when Bruce caught up with the bull and punched him in the head. The bull stopped in its' tracks and my cousin released me from the noose around my foot. I knew I owed him my life. When I was 11 we went to one of his wrestling matches. Bruce handled his opponent with skill and ease and won the match. At the end of the matches he brought my younger sister pom poms from one of the cheerleaders. We were both in awe. Bruce was our hero.
We have the opportunity to be someone's hero, could be someone younger than us or our own children. This poem sums it up:
There are little eyes upon you
and they're watching night and day.
There are little ears that quickly
take in every word you say.
There are little hands all eager
to do anything you do;
And a little boy who's dreaming
of the day he'll be like you.
You're the little fellow's idol,
you're the wisest of the wise.
In his little mind about you
no suspicions ever rise.
He believes in you devoutly,
holds all you say and do;
He will say and do, in your way
when he's grown up just like you.
There's a wide eyed little fellow
who believes you're always right;
and his eyes are always opened,
and he watches day and night.
You are setting an example
every day in all you do;
For the little boy who's waiting
to grow up to be like you.