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  • A hero is the shy guy. A hero is a guy who might be six foot four inches, and still be the shy guy. Able to leap tall foes with a single eye.

    A hero is the shy giant with a dead-eye eye, a guy who trains because that is what a hero does, but quietly. The quiet around a hero is alarming only to the foe who puts a toe in the hero's alcove. A hero trains within the environs of silence, to understand what the weaponry of noise is.

    The look of a hero after what we miniature mortals call heroics is the look of calm, containment inside the body's skin. A hero trains the silence to keep a resting pulse at easeful while saving lives.

    The call does not come when planned, that is what we call professional. That is the baseline. A hero is who saves lives when the call is unplanned, unknown, a beautiful fall day in October; a Wednesday. Yesterday. Canada, Ottawa, our nation's capital, the War Memorial soldier-guard shot dead, Parliament, The Hill, a gunman on The Hill enters, the Sergeant-at-Arms, a trained former RCMP officer, now in charge of the House of Parliament security, Kevin Vickers; hero.

    He does not carry; the lockbox carries. When the call comes to save lives, the hero walks in the fast calm, the infinitely focused silence of gunhail, unlocks the lockbox, walks steady with the sidearm, and takes the foe out of his killing mission.

    And so it that we arrive, safely, to Thursday and sunshine.

    (Photo by Susan, in the garden, Wednesday October 16, 2014)
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