This month on Remembrance Day in Canada, and Veteran’s Day in the United States, we celebrate our military heroes, who have willingly committed themselves to defending our country. My beloved peace-loving father served in the U.S. Marines and Air Force, and I am proud of him for making that sacrifice for his country and for his children and grandchildren.
He was the most patriotic person I’ve ever known, and helped changed the world for the good by standing against hatred, prejudice, government oppression and terrorism. Many others that I know—such as my dad’s cousin, a friend’s brother and my best friend’s son—also served, and in a way, so did all the parents, siblings and spouses of these families. To all current and past members of our military forces, thank you—I could never thank you enough.
I also want to celebrate some non-military heroes, authors who have changed the world through literature, by giving worthy attitudes and vision to our minds, and who have consistently given joy and delight no matter what we’re facing in our lives. Here are just a few that have been on my bookshelves since childhood.
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, you introduced me to the magical world of books and adventures. A. A. Milne, through Winnie the Pooh you taught me patience, gentleness and tolerance. Beverly Cleary, your Ramona Quimby taught me to always be myself, and to not be afraid to laugh at myself.
Robert Louis Stevenson taught me to dream and to take joy in being a dreamer. He also introduced me to the utter beauty of poetic words, rhythm and rhyme. C.S. Lewis and Madeleine L’Engle showed me that fiction—even science-fiction—can make its way deep into our souls and introduce us to the Savior. Jane Austen taught me poise and discipline through her strong female characters, and Charlotte Bronte taught me self-sacrifice and courage through Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester.
The bottom line: all of these authors made me smile inside. They changed their worlds, and changed me. It is because of them that I love to read and write, and I hope to give the same to my readers. I’d like to think that I also have changed my world by being someone better than I would have been apart from these literary works.
My admiration and appreciation goes out to all of these heroes, past, present and future.
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