Everyday Heroine – Do You Know One?

Do you know an everyday heroine?

Lynn Kelley, Everyday Heroine

Aunt Sam as a school girl

Everyday heroes and heroines are people who commit random acts of kindness without giving a thought as to how their kindness will impact those around them, and they expect nothing in return.

My Aunt Sam’s real name is Walda, and this is a true story from her childhood:

“When I was in third grade, I was taught by the most dear and gentle nun. It was obvious that Sister Saint Hubert should have retired years before, but she was still patient and kind when dealing with her class of seven- and eight-year-olds. 

“One day, giving in to temptation, I took a quarter from Shirley’s desk and dropped it into my pocket. In the school year 1947/48, a quarter had a bit more value than it does now. Especially to a third grader. Sister made a plea to the class stating that Shirley needed her quarter for the streetcar fare home. 

Lynn Kelley, everyday heroine“My conscience being pricked, I stood up. Sister didn’t let me say anything, but took me by the arm into the coat room. There were no words exchanged. I handed her the quarter and began to cry. She took me in her arms and held me for a few minutes. 

“Then she exited the coat room and shouted back to me so that the class could hear, ‘Walda, please straighten up the coats for me.’ 

“She then told the class, “Walda said Shirley can have her quarter.’

“I still fill up with tears when I remember that incident, and I’m wiping tears from my eyes as I type this. Never underestimate the impact your little acts of love, kindness, understanding, and forgiveness can have upon a young heart. I’m sure Sister Saint Hubert is enjoying her reward in heaven today.

Thanks for sharing your story, Aunt Sam. So very touching.

It’s wonderful how a kind person can steal our hearts and leave an everlasting impression.

Do you know an everyday hero or heroine? Did you ever steal when you were a child? If so, did you get caught and get in trouble? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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2 Responses to Everyday Heroine – Do You Know One?

  1. Patricia says:

    Awwwww, what a great story. Times sure have changed haven’t they?

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

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