In addition to the doctors, nurses, and health personnel, as well as those who grow our food, there are wonderful heroes we must honor.
You know one or two heroes of your country. You clearly know what they did for your country. In the streets of your city you have surely seen a monument that remembers them, in addition to the history books that repeat their name year after year.
But there is no monument to so many anonymous heroes who actively participated so that your world is full of possibilities.
The situation we live in all over the world due to the pandemic, has completely shaken us. It shakes our social, economic, political and educational structures. May it also shake our hearts and our attention.
Today, near you, behind a wall or walking next to your door, true heroes pass by who hold you at a distance, do you know them?
The value of the ordinary and hidden
Today, the sages, the philosophers, the “experts” meet at home, and “save the world” from a healthy distance. And the rest of us stay united and alive, thanks to the transporters, the cooks, the farmers. Those who raise livestock and move goods have become indispensable people. And if we enter the field of health, we only have words of appreciation towards the doctors, nurses, orderlies and cleaning personnel in each clinic and hospital.
But in addition to those heroes, there are others, locked in their homes, that we want to introduce to you today.
So many parents who saw their projects and financial resources upset overnight, who saw their jobs in danger, who look with fear how the errand ends, leaving emboldened to buy more despite the pandemic.
These parents are true heroes, since they carry the weight of each home on their back, and they are almost circus lion tamers, since they only have a simple chair to ward off the ghosts of the crisis, devaluation, scarcity and pandemic.
To them, our most sincere thanks. For my part, I am especially grateful to my husband, who has not lost his drive, love or hope to raise seven children and a wife.
Mothers who pull rabbits out of hats
Faced with the overwhelm of parents, mothers often have to do magic. Trying to be creative with food, saving with resources, kind to the children who – fed up with the confinement – constantly test us.
Children sometimes attend to our occurrences and initiatives to lighten the atmosphere at home, and sometimes they slam doors in our faces, making us feel invisible and useless. Despite that, we stay close, and we run at the slightest sign of alarm or sadness. God keep us going, so necessary in this difficult time.
Brave and obedient children
Imagine that overnight you find yourself kidnapped, out of the sunlight, and sentenced to forced labor. This is how my ten-year-old son affirms that it is “confinement”, as he likes to call the quarantine that we will live in Mexico, my country, at least until the end of May 2020.
They may complain, but they accept it with blind faith in adults. They understand that it is not advisable to go out, that the numbers they hear in the past refer to people like grandparents, or other elderly people who are at real risk.
Our children give us a great example, because overnight they have suspended their trips to the park, breaks in school to run to play soccer, talks with friends and races, because of the support at home, the stress of parents and activities that sometimes drown them because of the confinement. But there they are, faithful and attentive to the indications of parents and authorities, and carrying out the confinement with a much better attitude than some adults.
Many entrepreneurs have had to lay off employees, seeking to avoid the collapse of their companies, leaving thousands of people to the good of God. However, there are some of them who in extraordinary acts of social conscience, have asked for loans, have changed their course and have set an example of solidarity in the face of adversity.
For example, I present two cases from my country, Felipe Ruiz , a businessman who owns a hotel, who now distributes tamales throughout the city of Guadalajara to raise the salaries of his workers, and has promised to generate a support fund in the face of the economic crisis that is coming.
Another case to recognize is that of Daniela ochoa, a micro-entrepreneur from Sonora (a state in the north of Mexico) who refuses to look after herself alone, defending until the end the salary of her people, who has built her food business since it emerged less than ten years ago.
The entrenched elders
I have a beautiful aunt over 70 who lives alone. Her children visit her once a week to bring her food and attend to her needs, and she makes the most of that occasional contact, enduring it with joy and maturity.
She deals with fortitude and courage every day, never letting her pain, loneliness and isolation rob her of peace. Trust in God, making the hours last between prayers, reading and good cheer. You call her, and she always replies that she is “very well”, and you can feel her genuine smile on the other side of the line, even if she walks more and more slowly, and she continues with the sore that has affected her leg for months.
Like her, many old men heroically endure their loneliness, trusting in our authorities and enduring pressing needs like true soldiers.
The extremely generous
Many, in addition to overcoming uncertainty and fear hour after hour, get masks, donate pantries, visit neighbors and offer to shop for the most vulnerable. They donate clothes, toys and food to those in less privileged situations.
These heroes have touched my life in this confinement, they have become an example and a light for mine, and safe for you as well. Let us ask God to help us to admire them, to recognize them and to become one of them.
And let’s keep their heroism alive, making it known to our families, so that they are included in the books. It is only fair that our children tell their grandchildren about these ordinary heroes who have filled so many homes with light. God bless so many heroes! We owe them so much. Thank you!
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