By LINDA MASSUCCI
What Is A Hero?
The dictionary defines a hero as somebody who is admired for outstanding qualities or achievements. What defines an outstanding quality or achievement? Does outstanding mean beyond everyday life accomplishments?
In today’s world, we can rapidly name an actor, athlete or musician we would call a hero. These people have accomplished or created something that many could never conceive. On the contrary, it is the ‘non-heroes’ who experience life accomplishments every day; living with grace, ethics, and honesty.
In my youth, I recall my heroes as the people who always protected me, taught me wrong from right, practiced what they preached, and loved me enough to give consequences for immoral actions. Living everyday with grace, ethics and honesty is difficult to achieve for the most strong and powerful, as we are reminded daily from television and other social media.
My heroes never made the news or were viewed as strong and powerful. Their titles were dad, mom, grandma, grandpa, aunt, uncle, neighbor and teacher. They were my heroes not because of one outstanding accomplishment, but because of their consistent & unwavering dedication to all the small accomplishments. Nurturing children who understand the value of living everyday with grace, ethics and honesty was their greatest achievement.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
Linda Massucci grew up in a small town in Connecticut. She first enjoyed creative writing in elementary school and continued to write short stories in high school. At college, she wrote a short story for a Christian Marriage class and was told her writing was very similar to John Steinbeck. As an avid reader, she looks for books that inspire, educate and use her imagination.
Linda’s books allow the reader to contemplate the importance of family, faith, values and how the actions each person takes in life always affect other people. Her first published book from Helping Hands Press is titled ‘Legacy of Grandpa’s Grapevine’. The following is an excerpt from the book:
I can’t recall the first memory I have of my Grandpa Frank, but I can recall the many Sundays at his home just listening to him speak. He told of stories of coming to America with ten dollars in his pocket and his best girl by his side. When he laughed, you could see his stained teeth from all those cigars he smoked since the age of twelve. His face was worn from working outside at the trolley yards and his hands had calluses and scars. Grandpa Frank was a slim man with wavy white hair. I’m sure, in his youth, he must have been an attractive man, but to me he was just my Grandpa Frank. An old man who always had time to sit with me and listen to my worries, hopes and insecurities. Whether I was eight years old or sixteen years old, I could always depend on Grandpa Frank for a listening ear. He was never hard to find either. From my house to his, it was a quick bike ride and all downhill too! Pass the town bank, cross the street at the market, turn left across the tracks, and you entered the Italian side of town. Grandpa Frank and Grandma Marie moved into the two story white house after they left Brooklyn. Grandpa said the Italian section was called Goat’s Island, because so many of the families had goats in their yards. I don’t remember Grandpa Frank having goats — I guess he got tired of taking care of them. There was one thing he never got tired of caring for, and that was his grapevine. (Prologue)
Linda Massucci captures the heart of family values in ‘Legacy of Grandpa’s Grapevine’. The flashbacks throughout the story will find the reader laughing and reflecting about their own family memories and adventures as a child. The bond between the main characters, Elizabeth and Grandpa Frank, will have readers wanting to be a part of their special relationship.
Linda enjoys writing about her travels across America, blogging about her beloved dog Maggie who passed away to young, dabbles in landscape photography, cherishes every opportunity to walk on the beach at sunrise & sunset, and values spending time with family & friends. She enjoys a non-competitive game of golf & hopes to play at Pebble Beach someday. You can follow her blog at www.lindamassucci.wordpress.com, or her other social media sites: www.facebook.com/lmmassucci twitter handle: @LindaMassucci or at pinterest.com/lindamassucci