Grace is currently reading To Kill a Mockingbird and enjoying it. One of her reading response questions asked what it means to be a hero. Here’s Grace’s take on it – I, personally, think she’s nailed it…
My idea of a hero is someone who will stand up for others no matter what. That means they do not think they are more important than everyone else. I think that someone who will stand up for what they believe in and not force their beliefs on other people is a hero as well.
Many people think that you have to have super powers and a really cool cape to be a hero, but you don’t. You can be a hero without even realizing it. In my mind, anyone who helps someone out or stands up to a bully is a hero.
I also believe that someone who tries to solve problems calmly is a hero. It may be hard to resist the urge to punch someone in the face (trust me, I know), but it can be done, even if that means apologizing to someone really annoying.
In short, I believe that anyone can be a hero whether they know it or not.