This evening I am struck by someone who is not apathetic yet takes little action. They have enough ire and pride, and little enough energy to complain. (Not that I haven’t my own lifetime supply of whine.)
A commenter to a photograph mentioned how other branches of the military and our local heroes show kindness and compassion as well, not just Marines. I can agree with that, and then some (see below).
The Photo: Apparently a boy with prostheses was participating in the Sea Turtle Triathlon for kids (that in itself humbles me) when his prosthesis failed. A man, who happened to be a Marine, placed the boy on his back and ran him across the finish line with others around applauding—applauding the boy, and other men running along (probably also Marines) cheering the boy. That kid and all the others deserved cheering for just signing up; I never would sign up for a triathlon.
What would you have done? Let the boy sit in the street, his hair wild with sweat, his face lit with anger and self-reproach, and watch to see if he cried or threw the prosthesis? Or would you turn away in pretense to ‘leave him some dignity’ assuming his parent/guardian/coach would console him?
I don’t know what I would have done. I wasn’t there. The cameras were. They would be, of course, for such an occasion as a triathlon for kids. Someone took this picture and probably twenty more and twenty after.
Here was my reply, the commenter’s name omitted and one correction in brackets.
I agree that there is an intense focus on the branches of military—both positive and negative—that seems to eclipse those who serve us locally, even voluntarily. It is up to us, each community member, to uplift ALL our heroes.
-We had two separate incidences of emergency vehicles struck while assisting stranded motorists.
-One of our volunteer firefighters finished his EMT certification.
And many more stories. The difference is an involvement in our surroundings as well as a recognition of any deed well done, especially by those who serve our community and country.
You may remember the story of homeless men who came to the rescue of a young girl being attacked. (http://www.wltx.com/news/article/202624/363/4-Homeless-Men-Rescue-Teen-Girl-from-Registered-Sex-Offender?odyssey=obinsite)
Or perhaps the father who finished a marathon with his disabled daughter [in his arms]. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2188373/Rick-van-Beek-Devoted-dad-runs-triathlon-carrying-teenager-daughter-cerebral-palsy.html)
And one day, it might be you, or me, doing the good deed with or without recognition. In this case, it was a public event and cameras were already present, as well as strong men willing to cheer on a young person who was trying hard to be extraordinarily normal.
©2012 Sandra Davidson