Mama and PhilipAre you a Hidden Hero? There are all kinds of heroes today–some wear uniforms and some don’t. We’ve learned a new appreciation for medical workers, teachers and first responders, moms who gave birth during a pandemic–all who can be called heroes. Some are hidden and some are not.

I even believe that families who have been forced to play the role of teacher and the child who suddenly becomes a home school student could be called hidden heroes in today’s COVID existence.

In our military family, we recognize those heroes who wear the uniform and service honorably, but we also recognize those who love them and serve at home–our other hidden heroes.

I remember when my Marine came home from Afghanistan. We waited for hours in anticipation 100 degree weather in dusty 29 Palms, listening for the announcement their company was on its way. What a thrill it was to see his platoon marching up the road after 7 months of praying, worrying, emailing, skyping, waiting, and hoping he and his men came back unscathed. As we sat there amongst various, mostly young families, I couldn’t help but notice the strong heroes around me. There were women who held down the fort while their husbands were away, there were babies who had not met their fathers yet, and there were Moms, like me, who were waiting for the hero they raised to return home. All of these people are hidden heroes or heroes at home–those who fight behind the scenes to keep our heroes in uniform safe on the field.

Characteristics of a Hero at Home

Throughout the years, I’ve had the honor of meeting military members, spouses, kids and parents who love our world and know what it means to serve, whether you are public or hidden. Here are some of the characteristics I admire most about these hidden heroes. Big or small, God loves them all.

The Top Ten Qualities of a Hidden Hero

1. Sense of Humor: An ability to laugh at oneself and with each other.

2. Flexibility: What it’s called when you create an elaborate candlelight dinner and farm out the kids for the night, and your husband calls to say he’s not coming home because they have an inspection coming up.

3. Courageous: The ability to wave good-bye for the two-hundredth time, fight back the tears, smile, and say, “I love you, I’m proud of you, and I’ll be all right.”

4. Extraordinary: An ability to move fifteen thousand pounds of household goods in twenty-four hours.

5. Strong: Nerves of steel (for all those close calls and near misses).

6. Patriotic: Unashamed to shed a tear during the presentation of the colors or the singing of the national anthem.

7. Faith-Full: Brimming over with faith in God and true to your country.

8. Independent: Confident during solo parenting gigs, but ready to move to interdependence when the spouse comes back home.

9. Acronym Reader: The ability to decode three-letter acronyms (TDY, PCS, UOD, MRE, OIC, SOF, BDU, SOL, etc.).

10. Superhero: The capability to conquer new lands, stay in touch with old friends, keep the home fires burning, jump buildings in a single bound, and stay out of the funny farm.

Who is a hidden hero in your world, and how can you encourage them today? 

©2016-2020 Ellie Kay

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