Daily Prompt: Heroic

Daily Prompt: Heroic

When you were five years old, who was your hero? What do you think of that person today?

I was five years old a long time ago.

Not my father.  Not my mother. Not my sister.

I started first grade that year.  There was a girl in my class with curly blonde hair.  We kissed once. I don’t remember her name.

I shook hands with Richard Boone that year.  Remember him? Paladin? Have Gun, Will Travel? His hand was sweaty that day.

Kennedy was elected president that year.  I was relieved because my sister had told me that Nixon was going to make kids go to school on Saturdays.

I became aware of space travel that year.  We began to worry about the Russians.

To Kill a Mockingbird was published but I didn’t read it until ten years later.

3500 American soldiers were sent to Vietnam.  I would later join the military and become a Vietnam era veteran.  Fortunately, I never had to walk through the jungles.

I remember Eisenhower, I remember Khrushchev, I remember DeGaulle, I remember Castro and Che.

I remember Cassius Clay.

I remember test pilots were pushing the envelope.  I admired their courage but, I don’t remember their names.

I remember Yancy Derringer but they must have been reruns.

I remember sitting in the front room of my parent’s house, watching the tornados spin past.

I don’t remember a “Hero” though.

 

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