This is a preliminary warning to you all. I will not be quoting Mariah Carey, David Bowie, Bonnie Tyler or even Enrique Iglesias. Lynch me if I ever do.
2015 is only a few weeks old, but we’re already emotionally exhausted by way too many massacres, threats of violence and racial slurs. But, some extraordinary heroes have risen from all this devastation. Lassana Bathily leaps to mind, as he leapt into action to save Parisian customers from a gunman in a supermarket. I think all our hats go off to him as they go off to all the other legends who protected others during the recent happenings in Paris and Nigeria. May we all find the courage to leap to others’ aid as they have done!
However, there are some other unsung heroes to whom I’d love to give a shout out. Here are a few honourable mentions:
Rebecca Geres – “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” (Mahatma Gandhi). Well, if that’s the case, could somebody please make Rebecca the next President of the Republic? This amazing woman founded Spot A Stray Dog as an initiative to come to the rescue of abandoned animals and doggies in distress. She gave up her full-time job as a veterinary nurse to look after animals and act as a carer and go-between until an adequate home for them is found. You ledge, girl.
Every child who values his/her education – As a teacher, I encounter some very tough pupils who are hard to get through to because of their personal problems. But there are those who come to understand that allowing themselves to receive an education is the first step towards survival. I sometimes part with students who wouldn’t usually participate in class, but come up to me at the end to say “Thank you for the lesson, Miss” with all the genuine gratitude a child can give. I want to congratulate the child who, for forty minutes, forgot about his troubles and made an effort to learn the present perfect and willingly read a chapter out loud. You Little Ledge.
Every loving parent – It’s very easy to get knocked up and have a kid. But I am not so sure if it is so easy to always love that kid once it comes along. I want to present the title of Ledge to every parent who does their utmost to make sure his/her child turns out to be a Little Ledge. You are a hero if you do not spoil your child rotten. You are a hero if you monitor your child’s play-time with mind-numbing video games. You are a hero if you care about your child’s progress at school. You are a hero if you give yourself the responsibility to teach your child right from wrong. You, sirs and ladies, are Ledges.
Many more should be on this list, and I hope they know who they are. I may not have quoted Enrique Iglesias, but I most certainly will quote Gandalf the Gray in The Hobbit:
“Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small every day deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay … small acts of kindness and love.” (Sir Ian McKellen, being a Ledge).