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We need more anthems about ordinary heroes


I see them when I’m out and about a dozen times a day now. In the stores, in the barbershops, in the Prompt Care medical offices, in the pharmacies, in the school teachers, in the truckers sleeping in their cabs, in the clerks helping the elderly in the parking lots, in the men and women tirelessly stocking the shelves. In November 2018, I saw them appear out of the smoke and rise up to the challenges after the Paradise fires, and now I am seeing them shine again.

Too alarmin’ now to talk about
Take your pictures down and shake it out
Truth or consequence, say it aloud
Use that evidence, race it around

There goes my hero
Watch him as he goes
There goes my hero
He’s ordinary

Don’t the best of them bleed it out
While the rest of them peter out?
Truth or consequence, say it aloud
Use that evidence, race it around

There goes my hero
Watch him as he goes
There goes my hero
He’s ordinary

Kudos, my hero, leavin’ all the mess
You know my hero, the one that’s on

There goes my hero
Watch him as he goes
There goes my hero
He’s ordinary

There goes my hero
Watch him as he goes
There goes my hero
He’s ordinary

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  • WiscoDave March 17, 2020, 1:41 AM

    I drive to work from 130 AM to 3 AM. Last 2 mornings I have seen more trucks moving than I have in years. They really are trying to move product.

  • jwm March 17, 2020, 5:43 AM

    Here in So Cal the lines for the stores are stretching around the block. The last I was in Vons I saw a twenty-some year old woman looking absolutely shell-shocked at her register. Yet she was there toughin’ it out. The clerks at these markets never signed on to be the front-line against this kind of irrational fear and panic. Yet they are showing up, and helping to keep all of our lives together. God Bless them all.

    JWM

  • James Lundquist March 17, 2020, 7:44 AM
  • Vanderleun March 17, 2020, 8:50 AM

    Thanks James… put that out front.

  • Julie March 17, 2020, 12:09 PM

    I saw this in a couple of places yesterday, this seems like the perfect spot to share it some more:

    This is my America

    Instead of bringing the market to the temple, at a time of worry, stress, and fear they brought the temple to the market. How beautiful! Further, by witnessing and being moved by that moment of faith, I believe we become, however briefly, a part of the communion of saints. For those of us who have missed out on church the past couple of weeks, this is a balm for the soul.

    God is everywhere. The remnant is everywhere. Whatever happens, so long as there is faith like this in America, all will in time be well.

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