Saturday, March 12, 2011

Brooke's Essay for English

Qualities of a True Hero   

      In present day, what, in the eyes of society, is considered to be a hero?  Fictional characters from comic books and television series have corrupted the minds of young children by causing them to believe that a true hero must possess superpowers and a cape in order to save the world.  Even adults can be brainwashed into believing that the heroes only exist if their good deeds have been publicly displayed.  But a true hero, such as my dad, must present qualities of wisdom, a good work ethic, and unselfishness.
     Wisdom is a quality that is overlooked by people in society.  While strength and courage are given characteristics of the common fictional hero, oftentimes people ignore the need for wisdom in the actions of a hero.  My dad is an excellent example of how wise decisions can affect the lives of many.  For several years now, my dad has made important choices for our family according to what will best benefit us in the present and the future.  He plays a fair, unbiased referee in family arguments and sees the point of view from each side.  Also, when politics become an issue at work or at home, my dad avoids making judgments before he has heard the defending arguments of the opposing parties.  Even when tempted by the luxuries of one decision, my dad shows true wisdom by doing what is right.
     Along with wisdom, a good work ethic is also a highly respected quality of the modern-day hero.  A person must be willing to work hard to make a difference in the world.  In his five years in the oilfield business, my dad has missed only one day of work because of icy roads due to a recent blizzard.  He works hard to support our family financially, and also does his share helping out at home.  Most importantly, he sets a good example for my sisters and I by teaching us that willingness to work is an imperative factor of contentment and success in life.  A hero that shows a good work ethic proves to be a reliable role model for  children and adults looking up to him.
     Last but not least, unselfishness is a value that is often hard to find.  Unrealistic heroes have a sense of pride and selfishness about them, but true heroes are humble and considerate of others.  My dad has devoted his life to supporting the thing he cares about the most; his family.  Through good times and bad, he has always focused on what matters the most.  If a friend, or even a complete stranger, is in need of help, my dad doesn't hesitate giving that person what he needs.  He shows consideration for others in the simplest of ways by showing common courtesy at all times.  By showing unselfishness, an ordinary person possesses the most necessary quality of an extraordinary hero.
     While a fictional hero displays desirable qualities that anyone would want, sometimes we need to take a few moments to reflect on what a true hero is.  Wisdom, a good work ethic and unselfishness are all excellent qualities of a hero.  Ordinary people, including my dad, who possess these qualities, often make the greatest heroes of all. 


  1. Congrats to Brooke on her excellent grade. I love this essay, what a gread tribute to Josh. Grandma Jan

  2. That is suppose to be "great'.

  3. Excellent essay ... I can see why she won the contest. Also, what a lovely tribute to her dad - y'all must be proud.

  4. Thanks, mom!

    Mrs. B, thank you so much. We are proud of her. Writing is so easy for her, I hope she continues with it! Josh hasn't seen the essay yet, she doesn't seem to be in much of a hurry for him to read it. :)

  5. Wow! I just read this. No wonder she won. It is a very well-written easy. I bet you teared up when you read it...and I bet if you let Josh read it when nobody else is around, he might, too. It just goes to show that no matter how much teenagers love to be on their own, they appreciate mom and dad and know what a blessing they are!

  6. WOW! Congratulations to Brooke for a winning essay and to you and her dad for giving her such a wonderful definition of a hero! Good job to you all. You must be proud, as you should be! Marlyn

  7. Forgot to say thanks for sharing! Marlyn