Heroes

Luke on the bus to school. Luke is cushioned with a head rest and back support because he has been known to injure himself without warning.

Luke on the bus to school. Luke is cushioned with a head rest and back support because he has been known to injure himself without warning.

Are there any heroes among us anymore that cause us to pause with amazement? Recently I shared the story of my step-dad Roy who is a hero for his military career as a WWII Prisoner of War. When I asked him what defines a hero? He would say something like this, “Our heroes are those we left. I am no hero. I guess I was just lucky. Those left on the battlefield are the amazing ones”. As we continued our conversation, we both agreed having heroes in your life is vital. What was discovered in the process is that a hero could be invisible.
To me the greatest heroes among us can be the ones we hardly notice. I have found that it is a good thing to find amazement in the smallest of things no matter the situation. For example, I have a son with Autism. Luke typically has more bad days than all around good ones. Yesterday Luke had one of his really good days. He was all smiles and so was I. It was a time of wonderstruck for me. He is my hero. He has taught me something about myself no one else can. He has taught me love and what it means to give it your all. Perhaps that is what we see in Roy as a POW VETERAN. He gave it his all and survived to tell his story for all those that had died. The respect we give to Roy is for a whole generation.
How do I say I can call my son Luke my hero? First, he is my son and I am proud of him no matter what the situation. Second, when we have a good day with Luke it tells me he is doing all he can to make it a good day for all of us. He is working his mind to will it for good thoughts when many times his mind is full of obsessiveness and torture. It is this Forgotten Power of Expectancy we all should be taking into our very being. I know deep down God is amazed at Luke. For unto to Him, He asked for us to come as children.. Luke is not visibly a hero like Roy, but in the quietness of our home my son is not forgotten. God sees us all the same. There is no difference to Him. Luke is working hard to be the best he can be. Thats hero enough for me.
PS: We have an ETSY store and you can click into it from the birdhouse photo. 10% will go to the Autism Society Charity if you purchase before February 14th! Also please follow up with your neurodevelopmental stories on http://www.facebook.com/alesiaandluke I am very interested in hearing about your story.

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29 thoughts on “Heroes

    1. alesiablogs Post author

      Genevieve, That is the sweetest thing anyone has said to me in a long time… Hero and my name in the same sentence is a misnomer to me… haha hey if you see something in my etsy store on my blog–we are going to give 10% to the autism society before Valentines. You just click on the birdfeeder photo and it will take you into the store. My husband has been written up for his wood working here in Seattle. : )

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  1. gloria

    Wish I could put my thots as positive as u. I am the eternal pessimist u and Dan are heroes too. i will call u have been meaning to but keep forgetting and when i remember i am about to go out or do something else. going to church in a few minutes ( is that spelled right?) we are having singing and dessert. Justin wanted a book the other nite and he said “Book, Dora” love u

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    1. alesiablogs Post author

      That is SOOOOO sweet Gloria..We can talk tonight after church. I put photo of one of Dan’s birdfeeders on the blog. We are going to give some money to charity if you something you want in the store. You just have to click on that birdhouse photo and it will take you to the store.

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    1. alesiablogs Post author

      Carl, my husband and I have been married 22 years and raised two sons. Children that have both their parents during these formative years seem to be more in the minority. Thank you.

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  2. Mrs. P

    I wish you had a thumbs up button. Jane’s comment was excellent.

    Sometimes just being and existing for another can make you a hero. I have a hero who has no idea that he is a hero. It’s my grandson.

    My daughter was an addict for more than ten years. It go so bad that I had to tell her she couldn’t come around until she was ready to change her life. She too had more days of pain than joy and I was certain that I had lost that her to drugs. About a year later she did make that decision but it was a rough and unstable improvement.

    Then she got pregnant and I feared the worst. But, the opposite occurred. That baby growing inside her gave the strength to commit herself to a drug free life.

    She has since then gotten an AA degree with honors (an amazing achievement since she dropped out of junior high school) and is actively working on her BA. She is the most wonderful mother and because of my grandson, I have gotten back that beautiful girl (now young woman) that I cherished as a young mother.

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  3. pinklightsabre

    I love the exaltation in this, and the wonder of reveling in these nice moments. I love your attitude and slant on life. Thanks for sharing – Bill

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  4. Donna

    Oh Alesia – you defined hero like no one else has. I agree with other posters on this blog – you are a hero! You truly know and exude the true meaning of love and heroism. And the best thing of all – is when we talk, you are always so positive and uplifting and it comes thru on your posts too! Keep these blogs coming – I love to read them 🙂

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    1. alesiablogs Post author

      Donna, thank you. I write to express those windows of opportunity that open in my mind to remind me of the gift Luke is to our family and thankfully with God’s help he reminds in times when I need it and maybe others will see the gifts in their own lives.

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    1. alesiablogs Post author

      Oh Bless YOU!!! I am hoping to reach out to more parents just as yourself. My world through blogging is shared with you in mind…Thank you for reading. I also just started a facebook page dedicated to him that you can see on the right side of my blog. If you will LIKE it, you will then be able to see reports I will have up as different intervals. I am going to be interviewing many people for that page in due time! thanks again for stopping by.

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  5. alesiablogs Post author

    Thank you for the compliment. That means a lot to me as I read your posts and am always amazed at how easy you make writing look. You are one of those writers I aspire to. : )

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