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One of my heroes died last week, aged 97.  He was heroically kind, heroically humble, heroically compassionate.  Maybe not the usual virtues we associate with heroes, but they are virtues I value and he had them in spades. 

My father was my first hero, for his humor, his intelligence, his tenderness, and his integrity.

I have many mothering heroes, women who remind me by their everyday actions what mothering is about, who make me want to be a better mother to my children. 

None of my heroes would consider themselves heroes...No true hero would.

mejaka mejaka 41-45, F Feb 5, 2008

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