What is your definition of a hero?
Merriam Webster breaks down their definition of a hero in three parts:
1.) The mythological or legendary figure
2.) The principal male character in a literary or dramatic work
3.) The submarine (as in sandwich)…FYI: I grew up in northern NJ, and we do NOT call them heroes up here…only subs.
But then Webster breaks down the mythological or legendary figure into four other parts:
1.) He is often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability
2.) He could also be an illustrious warrior
3.) He could also be a man admired for his achievements and noble qualities
4.) And lastly is a man who shows great courage.
My hubby is my hero for many reasons, some of which I might be coerced into sharing over a pint or two of Guinness… but I digress. Recently when I was at the point of pulling my hair out, or simply breaking down due to the stress-load I was carrying, my darling offered a solution I would never have thought of—quitting my job and writing full-time!
For the last fifteen years I’ve been writing, working, raising our family, and taking care of my mom. It was always a challenge, but in the last five years, it had become next to impossible to juggle all of the balls at one time. He reminded me that when he wanted to open his own business, I worked 60 hour weeks so that he could and he said that now it was my turn.
During hurricane Irene we were without power for five days! No power where I live means: no well pump, no water, no INTERNET OR CABLE CONNECTION!!! Yikes! BUT, my hero came through and fired up our generator so that we had the essentials.
This is the Shell station on Route 23 N in West Milford. Just one obstacle, having the major highway in your town under water.
This pic is of Pompton Falls a few towns south of us, the water roared right over Hamburg Turnpike for the second time since 1984!
Can you believe this shot of Route 287 S? My oldest normally takes this road to get to work!
But what earned him the title of “intrepid” from my fabulous editor, Deb Werksman, was his willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty to find a way for me to email JESSE to Deb without the internet…driving around downed wires and trees, navigating around flooded roads until he found a library that had power and the internet!
Even though he captured my heart all those years ago when we said goodbye after our 1st date and he stopped and turned back around and said, “Hey…I’ve got this great idea!” and then kissed the breath right out of me--he still does things that would make me fall in love with him all over again.
So, because of his bold and selfless actions, I am dedicating this blog post to the love of my life, DJ, because I will always love him more than yesterday, less than tomorrow, but forever.
Who have you fallen in love with recently and why?