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Topic: Unsung Hero (12/07/06)
TITLE: My Unsung Hero
By Amber Newsome
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These are the people who do things that are truly worthy of praise but often who they are and what they’ve done go unnoticed. Everyone has at least one unsung hero in their life and if not now, at one point in the future.
Six weeks shy of his 46th birthday, this unsung hero stands about 5 feet, 7 inches. Short brown hair and hazel eyes framed by glasses, you can’t help but feel your life was impacted even if you only meet him once for a matter of minutes. This man would do anything to help out a person in need and though I see it all the time, today, I saw it as if I was seeing it for the first time.
It all started last night (December 7th, 2006) when we were hit with a huge snowstorm. As part of Southwestern Ontario’s snow-belt, we usually get about 86 inches of snow, but last night, this snowstorm delivered almost half of that to us (36 inches).
My dad met me at the end of my shift late last night and made me drive his truck home, while he drove my little Pontiac Sunfire. We got about halfway to our destination, when out of the corner of my eye I saw a car stuck in the snow after trying to make a right hand turn and I knew we’d be stopping. We “unstuck” 3 or 4 cars in that intersection before getting back in our own vehicles and finishing the drive home. Then my dad went to help my uncle get himself unstuck from the snow he’d shovelled out of my grandparents’ driveway. When he finally got home at midnight, just to get the truck and car back in the driveway he had to plow half our driveway out.
What really got to me today though, is that my dad owns his own company and it exhausts him (construction really is 24/7!), but he and my brother were up at 5 this morning to finish plowing out our driveway and the multi-mailboxes by our house. Then, he moved on to help our elderly neighbours who hadn’t had their driveways plowed out and again, he was back to my grandparents’ place to shovel off the flat roof that covers part of their home and plow the snow from the driveway that had in the wee hours of the morning.
My dad would give the shirt off his back to someone who needed it and while I grew up watching him stop and pull people out of ditches or stop on a country road to help an elderly lady shovel her driveway, today I really learned what being an unsung hero is. It isn’t just something that you do. It’s part of the lifestyle you live and even though your actions haven’t been given media attention, what you’ve done has been noticed by the people whom you’ve helped and those who are closest to you.
My dad is my unsung hero.
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