8.23.2007

Heroes

"When I was very young, most of my childhood heroes wore capes, flew through the air, or picked up buildings witn one arm. They were spectacular and got a lot of attention. But as I grew, my heroes changed, so that now I can honestly say that anyone who does anything to help a child is a hero to me." (Fred Rogers)

Can I just say how much I love that quote? I have such strong feelings about children. I don't think there is a single area concerning children that I don't care deeply about. I want all children to be cared for, treated fairly and kindly, enjoyed, taught, and most important, loved. There is a place in my heart that really opens wide when I see someone who is a true light in a child's life. That's all that children really need or want: to be loved, protected, valued, respected and accepted. That's not so hard, is it?

We live in a world where children are mistreated daily. I don't have children living in my home anymore, but I have a personal goal that any contact I have with any child will be a positive one. You never know what is really going on at home, and the possibility exists that I could be the only light in a small, precious life.

Children need heroes in their lives.

12 comments:

Nat S said...

Your love for children is above any I've seen. And that is why children love you so much, too. We are very lucky to have you as our primary president!

Shelley said...

Excellent post. You really are Gram-tastic! Any primary would be lucky to have you! :)

Darleen said...

Thankgoodness you are in Primary! Yes, ever since I've had children my love for other children has grown so much. And I hate seeing or reading about the mistreat of children. And although Stella is only three, I'm already trying to teach her the importance of being friendly to other kids.

Kristi said...

Yay for Jan as Primary President--ditto what Natalie S said! Please don't ever change callings...

Jori said...

That post just gave me chills. I so wish I could just gather up any kids that are mistreated and take care of them. I think you are so wise to make each interaction positive with kids, you are so right we don't know what they face. Kids defintely need to have people that they know they can count on.

Holly O'Keefe said...

What a wonderful post. My heart always aches for children who don't get the love they deserve.

Rebecca K said...

You always have a wonderful reminder when we need it. Thanks so much!

Chris * Natalie * Maya * Mason said...

so many kids love you, too. you're like the pied (sp?) piper. they all just love you.

FanaticalFullers said...

You have a special gift with children. I am sure that you well know that by now, but it really is amazing.

Joey Duenas said...

"We live in a world where children are mistreated daily. I don't have children living in my home anymore, but I have a personal goal that any contact I have with any child will be a positive one. You never know what is really going on at home, and the possibility exists that I could be the only light in a small, precious life."

What a beautiful comment Jan. You were always such a positive and wonderful moment for our children each week.

BTW, You still have the most rockin' Scripture Power moves in the Church.

Jan said...

Ah, thanks, Joey!! You have no way of knowing this but I'm just down today (no reason I can think of which really makes it worse!) -- and your comment really made my day! I love your kids and any contact I had with them really made ME happy!

Jan said...

Oh-- and I'm glad you like Scripture Power too!! It sure seems like a no-brainer to me to make that one a fun one!