Well, that’s a smokin’ good question, isn’t it?
We all know when we love a hero! Oh mylanta, Western heroes abounded when I was a kid. Some were on repeats, others were TV shows still being produced, but they were everywhere. It was Rowdy Yates (Clint Eastwood) and Little Joe Cartwright (Bonanza, Michael Landon) and then Maverick (James Garner) and then TV kind of morphed away from cowboys to doctors.
Doctors everywhere! And they weren’t ridin’ horseback.
But I still crushed on so many of them, LOL! James Brolin in Marcus Welby, MD and St. Elsewhere and E.R. and M.A.S.H… I’m sure there were others, but there weren’t so many cowboys around for a decade or so.
And as the 2000s rolled in, it became a time of fewer heroes. Or maybe I was working so many jobs that I didn’t happen to see them, but it was a time of Seinfeld and Friends and Full House and Will & Grace and it wasn’t until Marvel and D.C. Comics began rolling out Superhero movies that heroes came back in style.
Oh, there were stories about Jason Bourne and Jack Reacher and Mission: Impossible, but I don’t remember a lot of true hero profiles, and that seems wrong, doesn’t it?
The world needs heroes.
We need heroes.
We need heroes now more than ever!
We need to think of their being men and women who will risk even the ultimate sacrifice for humanity’s well-being.
And that’s what’s manning our front lines in the medical and first responder world today.
Men and women who are donning masks, gowns, gloves and fighting for the lives of thousands of Covid 19 patients.
These aren’t made-up heroes, although there will be books and films and TV shows singing their praises.
These are the real deal. The new pinnacle. The new front line.
So today, respecting those heroes, male and female, we’re lifting our prayers for them and the patients they serve…
And I’ve got three copies of my newest Western “Learning to Trust” for three folks who dare to tell us what they think of our current frontline superheroes… they’re wearing facemasks and faceshields in place of cowboy hats, but they look marvelous!