Tara’s World: Heroes (and the little sisters left behind)

Tara misses her big brother.  She says things are too quiet around here without him.  After he completes his first year of college, he’ll come home for his fourth summer working as a life guard and swim instructor at a local camp.

According to Tara, if her brother saves someone at the camp he will be a hero.  “And then he’ll get lots of gift baskets and stuff.  Unless the person is mean.  Then he’ll only get a $2 mini-muffin basket.  But they won’t be mean, will they?”

I tell her that if he were put to the test, I’m sure he’d pull that drowning kid out of the water without any thought of a reward.  He’s certainly not mean and he’s also fully capable of doing what has to be done.  But for the other kid’s sake, I hope he won’t have to prove himself.  Afterall, he already has one of the best rewards around: his little sister’s admiration.


About HomenDunRoamin

Teaching Artist & Writer: fiction, poetry & nonfiction. Recently completed work: a hybrid memoir. In progress: a novel set in an unnamed Latin American country on the brink of war. The book examines violent and nonviolent resistance and the choices women are forced to make to survive.
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2 Responses to Tara’s World: Heroes (and the little sisters left behind)

  1. Tati (The One and Only) says:

    From Tati Herself,
    I was reading this again and Mimi came along and read it with me. If she had pasta with her, she would have really choked on it this time.

  2. Kat says:

    From Kat. (Tati’s friend)
    OMYGOSH! THIS IS SOOOOOO ADORABLE! She is such a cute little kid!
    I want her now. As a little person. I WANT HER!

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