and then a hero comes along.

Author: randomandodd  |  Category: Anxiety, Dashababy, friends, hope, Letters, My Brats, Shaun, stuff portrait friday, The Fonz

This week Stuff Portrait Friday is Hero.  I had several days to think on it and as the hours came down to minutes, I realized that if you have been reading this blog for anytime, you know who my heroes are.

1. My Mother: You know that saying, “you’ve come a long way,baby.”? I’m pretty sure that was made up for her. Her road isn’t a road I would wish on anyone.  I wish over and over she could see how proud of her that I am. To see her at rock bottom and not only pull herself up, but bring those around up with her is awesome.

2. My sister: I get googled, kid you not, EVERY SINGLE DAY for this entry. I’m not sure if someone just likes reading it, or if there are people out there that are writing letters to their sisters and need a little help. I’m pretty sure they can’t say the same things about their sister as I can say about mine. She’s special. I’m her only sister and she makes sure that means something.

3. Martin Luther King Jr.: His words. My world changed when I began reading his words. The way he looked at people and their actions made all the sense in the world to me. How could we not all live in THAT world he describes with such passion? To live your life with drive and ambition for GOOD and love.

These are the people you know are my heroes.

There are other people in my life that are too. My brother, Barry. (dorky one in the back) My brother, Jerry (dorky one to my right) and my dorky brother, Michael (not in picture) and the people that love them.   Today my brother Michael turns 41.  To me, he’s still 10. He’s still that mean ass brother that picked on me and also made sure that my first day of school I wasn’t crying the whole time. He would peak through the window of my class on his recess break to make sure I was okay. My husbands; Ex and Current. Shit, they put up with me. Do you know how much restraint that must take them?
My friends; Really, come on…you think you have to hear me bitch? You get the Cambells soup version of what they have to hear.  My husband’s ex-wife; We take turns being the evil one. I think today was my day. Sorry, Tabitha.  Old friends that no matter what I did or said to them STILL love me.  You have no idea what your forgiveness means to me.

So who’s my hero?  Me.
It’s who all those people that I love SO much and look up to would want me to call my hero. Myself.
It’s who I want my daughters to call their hero. Themselves.
Noooooo, they certainly didn’t have it as bad as that group of people in the picture that share a last name. NOT EVEN CLOSE.  If not getting to go on the ‘East Coast Trip’ or getting your cell phone taken away is as bad as it gets, count yourself lucky.

I’m a survivor. I didn’t do it alone. I’ve had hundreds of hands (my family…and YOURS) pick me up and dust me off.  At the end of the day, I have to live this life the best way I know how.  I think I might be doing okay.

Now, I am going to force myself to go to sleep because tomorrow I am going with Dan and the kids to Redding to watch my step son in his last play of his high school career. Ryan hasn’t been my ‘official’ step son for the last 8 years, but that doesn’t change my love for him and how I will always support him in no matter what he does in life. It also means  I will need to take about 6 xanax to be able to sit with his mother who thinks I am satan in a pair of flip flops.

So, who’s your hero?  You picked me huh? Yeah…I thought so.  DID YOU PLAY???

21 Responses to “and then a hero comes along.”

  1. SuZan Says:

    Very nice tribute to your Heros. I’m glad that you are one of your heros too.

    So you are “satan in a pair of flip flops?” OMG you crack me up.

    I played!

  2. traci Says:

    Kristine, you ROCK! This post is wonderful and I particularly love the moniker ‘satan in a pair of flip flops’!!!

    I played!

  3. dashababy Says:

    Awwww, sniffle.
    :Heyy, maybe we’ll see you this weekend?

  4. Army of Mom Says:

    I love it! I played, too. I think I may have gotten a bit sappy and I borrowed a photo from Uzz … but, hey … I played, so get off my back already!

  5. Dawn Says:

    Wow… I have never really thought about the importance of being one’s own hero… You really made me think, Kristine.

    Just got mine up.

  6. Angela Says:

    Hey, we kinda picked the same heros!

    And I’m sure everyone picked you as their hero Kristine!
    My heros are up!

  7. JoeInVegas Says:

    Good looking group in the photo.

  8. Just a girl Says:

    I’ve always been proud of myself, but never considered myself my own hero. Good food for thought.

    I played.

  9. christina ina Says:

    I played.
    Do you want to be my blog hero? :-)

  10. Liza Says:

    cool list of heroes! i like that you are your own hero too :)

    i played!

  11. Uzz Says:

    Its really a good idea to be your own hero…I need to keep that in mind:-) I have so many heroes in my life, but I managed to narrow it down a little…so yes…I PLAYED!!!

    Hope all is well…I saw where you left a camera in an earlier post…if it makes you feel any better, my mentor left a D200 with a 28-70 2.8 Nikon lens at a job site…and it never came back…a month later he left a D200 with a 70-200 2.8 Nikon at a fire station…luckily they had it waiting for him when he figured it out!!! Its a sickening feeling:-(

  12. Silke Says:

    Dear Kristine,
    I am sorry, that I have to inform you, that I won’t be able to continue reading your blog – you just make me cry too much. ;)
    Gosh, wonderful words. And yes, you ARE a hero. Big time!

  13. Kelly Says:

    I love your family!

    I played!

  14. Heather Says:

    What an awesome tribute! I played!

    Happy SPF!

  15. amy Says:

    Decided to keep it light, but I played:)

  16. ~Easy Says:

    I’m busier than a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest, but I played! I’ll be around to see everyone later.

  17. Dave Vogt Says:

    …with the strength to carry on
    and you cast your fears aside
    and you know you can survive.
    So when you feel like hope is gone
    look inside you and be strong
    and you finally see the truth
    that a hero lies in you.

    Oh Mariah Carey.

    I’m playing as we speak.

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  19. Bridgett Says:

    I played.

    Very good.

  20. Fantastagirl Says:

    Your family is beautiful! Your kids are so lucky to have your genes!

    I played!

  21. No Dramas Says:

    Yay today I played :)

    Photography wise Kris, your my hero. I would love to be able to take pictures like you can.