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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

HEROES OF THE YOUNG

Bobby & Wendell at the Tomb of the Known Soldier in Rome, Georgia. (2009)
 
This article was written by our son Wendell, when he was a senior in high school in 1974. 
Printed in Tupelo church bulletin.
 
Young people all through the ages have had someone they admired and looked up to.  Young people today are no different.  They all have someone they try to copy and pattern their actions after. 
 
For example, almost all children look up to their father as the biggest and smartest man in the world.  In school, underclassmen look up to the senior who is an outstanding athlete, and they try to pattern their style of playing after him or her.
 
Also children like to pretend to be their favorite television hero, such as Daniel Boone and Caine on "Kung Fu."   
 
Children have to have someone to look up to, for this is the only way for them to build in character.  A person should always be careful what kind of influence he sets forth, for he never knows what child he may be influencing nor what child may look up to him as his hero.   -Wendell Ingram, 1974