Do you Need a Hero?


Even though I have teenagers, I still love to go through the papers they write. Today I found an Essay Elisa had to complete for her 11th grade English Class. She had to write about her hero. This is what she wrote:

“A comic book hero is easily and immediately depicted as the muscular super human in tights. A real life hero is not as simple to pick out in a crowd, but they make the greatest difference in one’s life. My sister, Ambriel is that kind of hero. Her attitude, leadership, and courage make her an amazing role model and friend.

Ambriel has a very uplifting view on life and brightens everyone’s mood. This trait is beneficial to all who come in contact with her. My sister does her best to do her part for her community, like babysitting and local mission trips. She is also very modest about her achievements. This opitimisim, chastity, generosity make her an admirable hero.

Leadership is an ideal trait for a hero and my sister possesses it. Her Colorguard team has even chosen her to lead the new recruits. This isn’t a job to give just anyone, it’s a job that only a true leader can handle. She takes pride in her leadership and has the skills and traits to do it. Ambriel has the ability to lead and this makes her a true hero.

Hero’s are known for their bravery and courage. Ambriel has shown the most courage in the darkest point of her life. At the beginning of fifth grade, my sister was diagnosed with a rare cancer in her pelvis, called Chondrosarcoma. This cancer doesn’t respond to chemotherapy so my sister was lucky enough to keep her hair. Through the surgery, she proved to be brave and kept her spirits up the best she could. She learned to walk all over again and never complained once. Ambriel’s bravery has proven her to be admirable and extremely courageous in spite of her age.

Ambriel will always be my hero but her modesty will prevent her from admitting it or boasting about it. She’s certainly not a superhuman in tights, but she’s still a hero, and always will be. It may be difficult to tell by a glance but my sister is the bravest, optimistic leader I’ve ever had the fortune to meet.

I couldn’t agree more. As we come to the five year anniversary of Ambriel’s diagnosis, I am so proud to have the reminder to look for the everyday hero’s in our lives. Who is your hero and why?

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One response to “Do you Need a Hero?

  1. Andrew needed to do a report on someone in our family who has dealt with a tragedy and made something good of it. I suggested he write about Ambriel.

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