What is a hero?
By Hannah Corlew
What is a hero? The Webster's dictionary says a hero is a man of great strength and courage. It also says a hero is a man admired for qualities or achievements. To some people a hero is a character with super powers like Superman or Spiderman, but my hero... My hero is my older sister Natalie.
Natalie has Down syndrome, so it takes her longer and she has to try harder to do something. Since she is in my grade and I'm her only sister, it helps to have me around her a lot. Many people think that I teach Natalie, but really... she teaches me.
One thing that Natalie teaches me is she doesn't care if you look the prettiest or if you do not wear clothes in style. She does not care if she sits by someone who's "unpopular" at lunch. All she cares about is the inside of you.
Another honorable thing Natalie does is she always seems to remember everything! I sometimes call her my "life saver." She often reminds me of a lot of things that if I forgot them, I would be in a bad situation.
Natalie is my hero in many ways that I cannot even put into words. Though Natalie might not be the strongest person in the world, and she may not perform great and noteworthy achievements... She just loves everyone for whom they really are. That is why she is my hero, and I will always look up to her, and with pleasure, I help her through life's daily tasks.
Hannah, age 11, and Natalie, 14, attend First Morristown United Methodist Church. To submit a child's essay for a future issue, write: Editor, The Call, P.O. Box 32939, Knoxville, TN 37930-2939; e-mail: or fax (865) 690-3162.
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