Friday, 28 December 2018


Today I'm really excited to be hosting a guest blogger. This young woman is one of my favourite writers and I think she has a big future in writing ahead of her - and this isn't my bias speaking. As soon as I read this earlier this year, I knew I wanted to post this on my blog and I'm really happy today is the day. Evie Jordan is 14, and amongst other things, including making music and playing soccer, she loves writing. She sees a future for herself in science and in writing and I look forward to seeing where she ends up. Oh yes, she's also my daughter. I couldn't be more proud of her. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I did. The photograph accompanying this piece is also hers.

noun, plural he·roes; for 5 also he·ros.
1.   A person noted for courageous acts or nobility of character: He became a local hero when he saved the drowning child.
2.   A person who, in the opinion of others, has special achievements, 
abilities, or personal qualities and is regarded as a role model or ideal: My older sister is my hero. Entrepreneurs are our modern heroes.
3.   The principal male character in a story, play, film, etc.

Many are hailed as heroes but I believe that there are many more unsung warriors that fight for what is right every day. What defines these people as heroes even though they are not almighty, or rich?           
A hero is someone who fights. Not stands idly by as wrong is done. A hero is someone who cares. Do you care even about those whom you disagree with? A hero is someone who will help, even with the little things. But mostly, a hero is, and will always be, a person with a conscience and a will to uphold it.
Heroes roam the streets, walk the halls of schools, live in neighborhoods, and breathe, like you, and I. These people are everywhere, and you will see their capes flow and powers fly if you just look.
The other day I saw a hero, the other day, you probably saw one too. They are everywhere and always there, for you. Maybe not specifically, maybe they don’t utter your name and come to save you from a dragon, but they are there to save you from yourself.
Are you overwhelmed and lost? Busy and tired? Making a mess and tensions flying high? Has this ever happened? Because I bet you, a hero would be willing to help.
Think back, have you ever met a hero? Someone who even just passed a pencil, asked about a day? Because I have, and every time I see an invisible cape flowing in the make-belief wind, I am reminded that someday I will look in the mirror, and I will have done enough to be a hero too.
Heroes can be anyone, really. They could be me, or you! So next time you walk around, look for the capes, and they will be there. So next time you look into a mirror, you’ll notice a cape flowing there too.

Can you see me?