Friday, December 2, 2011


When I was a little girl my hero was my aunt. I always looked up to Aunt Dolores. She was a registered nurse who set up an Army hospital tent in South Africa during WWII. 
After the war she worked in a hospital during the night. I remember her coming home very early in the morning, wearing her white uniform. She was coming home and getting ready to sleep as I was getting up ready to start my day. 
One day I mentioned to my Grandmother I wanted to have my picture taken with Aunt Dolores wearing her uniform. 
By the time that information got filtered down to Aunt Dolores she was already crawling into bed after working a long shift.
I found that picture a few days ago. It brought tears to my eyes when I remembered that morning.
Aunt Dolores crawled out of bed, put on a fresh uniform, placed her nurses cap on her head and called for me to join her for a "photo shoot".
Over the years I've had many "heroes". Some of them are still here with me, and some of them like my dear Aunt have already gone to be with the Lord.
Who has been a big influence in your life? 
I am also wondering if I have been a good influence on someone else life? 
I hope my aunt realized how much that little six year old girl looked up to her.


Joylene said...

This is truly a wonderful story. I bet she adored you too. As for my heroes? I'd have to name you, Katt. Have a super terrific weekend.

dalees said...

Sweet story! I really can't think of any ONE person that was my hero! I looked up to all the wonderful adults I had in my family, many aunts, too! They all made me feel special and loved! Just like the love and how special you were to Aunt Delores!

Carol J. Garvin said...

What a great memory for you, and such a loving aunt.

I think my mother-in-law probably had the most impact on my life. I viewed her as the ideal minister's wife at a time when I felt like a very inadequate one. She was gracious, sincere and a totally committed, God-loving woman who demonstrated that it was okay to 'be yourself' because that was how God made us. I've met many special people since then, such as a wonderful aunt who never stops using the abilities and talents God has given her. I learn a lot from other people! And I know that many times they don't realize the impact they have on people -- which is true of you, too. Your faithfulness, your joy in the Lord, your love and compassion for others, are all such inspiration to me. :)

Glenda Parker Fiction Writer said...

What a wonderful story. I hope I have been an inspiration to someone too. My grandmother was a strong influence in my life. She was a strong Christian who lived her Christianity. She lived in poverty during the depression but she was always the first to help someone else with whatever little they had.
Glenda Parker

Kathryn Neff Perry said...

You are my hero too---you have always been there for me!
Hugs and Blessings to you my friend

Kathryn Neff Perry said...

I know I was special to Aunt Dolores too. She had four boys---always wanted a girl. She claimed me. So it worked out for both of us!
Hugs and blessings to you my friend

Kathryn Neff Perry said...

I think it is so important to let the people we look up to, that we do look up to them. So many times when I say that to someone they look at me like, "are you kidding, me?" Yes ---you.
You are also one of my heroes Carol----and to so many people who know you.

Kathryn Neff Perry said...

Glenda, You are an inspiration to so many people----your faith is reflected in your writing.
I'm so happy we are friends.
Blessings and hugs to you....

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

What a neat short story this would make, Katt!

My Mom is my hero. She poured herself out for me (and still does). I remember the time she went to the store to buy a dress and came home with a Penny Playpal doll for me.

Susan :)

Kathryn Neff Perry said...

What a great memory---and how blessed you are to still have your Mom---and she's blessed to have YOU!
Merry Christmas my friend.