Daily Prompt: Heroic

©irene waters 2014

©irene waters 2014

I’ve never been one to have heroes. I didn’t follow bands as a child and I didn’t have pin-up posters of stars I was a fan of. Movie stars didn’t figure in my world, nor did super heroes. I did dress up as Annie Oakley and wield my six shooter at times but even she was not a hero.

I suppose an early hero was my Father and I have to say he never did anything that destroyed that image for me however, even there I wouldn’t classify him as a hero but a wonderful role model and person that I loved.

At five I was madly in love with Raymond F… a six-year-old in my class. I took him home to meet the parents as I was considering marrying him. He was sent packing and that was the end of our relationship. He took up with a girl whose parents were no doubt more accommodating.

At seven I had a severe crush on the first male teacher I had. Come to think of it in senior high school I had a crush on the only other male teacher that taught me. In both classes I excelled. I worked hard, simply to impress.

The only other person that I had some sort of hero-worship was Jon English after I watched him in the stage play Jesus Christ Superstar. A pity he played Judas. Despite that I had a few weeks where I doodled his face in my school books.

None of these people I think about apart from at times when prompted to write about “the heroes in your five-year old life.” Some people come to mind that, although I don’t consider them heroes, I certainly have the greatest admiration for them. They include people such as Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, The Dalai Lama. Even people like Joan Baez, Michail Gorbachev and John Lennon would make it to my list for their peace fighting and anti-war beliefs.

These are the true heroes but the five year old is incapable of knowing this.

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About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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8 Responses to Daily Prompt: Heroic

  1. andy1076 says:

    Thank you so much for the tag ^.^

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  2. M. R. says:

    In our working time, Jon English was a really nice bloke. Chic and I worked on a movie in which he had a big role (don’t remember what the movie was, sorry); and he never failed to help with the packing up at the end of a location, or of a day, carting around apple-boxes and lamp-stands just like any of the minor crew. We liked him a lot!

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  3. Sherri says:

    How wonderful that your dad was such a lovely role model and yes, your hero. That is precious beyond words. Love the photo 🙂

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