WHO'S YOUR HERO?
I have never been one to emulate, idolize, or hero worship well known or famous people. (Although I must confess I've come close when I think about George Harrison.) There may be things I like and respect about them that they've done, but I don't know them and they don't know me.
My heroes, have always been people in my life. They were people who, for the most part, I saw every day.
My parents, my grandmother, Charlotte, Miss Myra, Mr. Roy were a few of my heroes... Despite their flaws, which we all have, each of these people showed and/or taught me how to be a caring, responsible adult.
But they're all gone now, I hope having a wonderful confab under a heavenly gossip tree.
So who can I look up to now? That would have to be my sister, Erva.
I can't begin to tell you all the things she has done, and continues to do, for the benefit of the Virgin Islands and its people. She is a long time Rotary member and been the president of her Rotary club. She has also been the president of the League of Women Voters for the Virgin Islands, twice. She is on the Civil Rights Commission. She is an eco-warrior woman who works tirelessly to protect the islands from over-development.
Currently she is working hard, along with many other people, to help save Coral Bay on St. John from being turned into a mega-marina which would be disastrous not only to the ecology of the bay and harbor but also disastrous to the local people.
And I'm going to do something here I haven't done before, share the link to a fundraising campaign to help raise money for the legal costs to protect Coral Bay. If you have a few dollars to spare... click HERE.
My hero, my sister, Erva Denham, planting a tree at the local humane society.
My hero, my sister and former school teacher, passing out dictionaries to elementary school kids through a Rotary program she has been committed to for years.
My hero, my sister, speaking directly into the Governor's ear.
Who's your hero?