Our Heroes in Childhood and After

Pradeep Kumar B By Pradeep Kumar B, 9th Sep 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3zbj2n0w/
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In childhood, everyone has many heroes. The first hero of a boy in his childhood days is none other than his father himself. To him, his father knows everything; his father is all-powerful to do anything in this world. As he grows, he finds other heroes.

Heroes in Our Life

In childhood, everyone has many heroes. The first hero of a boy in his childhood days is none other than his father himself. To him, his father knows everything; his father is all-powerful to do anything in this world. As he grows, he finds other heroes. It may be an elder cousin of his who is the gang leader of little boys around. When he is in his middle and high school classes some senior students in his school become his heroes. These senior students may not be good at studies. They may the sports stars of the school or they may be good at singing or acting or something like that.

For Every Little Child, His Father is a Hero

When I was a little child, as was usual, I believed that my father was all-powerful and there was nobody to equal his knowledge, physical strength or anything. I could not tolerate anybody talking ill of my father (some elderly relatives of mine deliberately used to say something against my father playfully, just to irritate me and to see my reaction). I used to attack them physically with my teeth and nails!

I Find a Hero in My Cousin

Later, one of my elder cousins became my hero. I tried to imitate him in many matters. Once he came sporting a pair of a new type of sandals on his feet and talked to me a lot about the good qualities of it. I was instantly convinced of the worthlessness of the footwear I was on at that time. I decided I should upgrade my footwear to one like his.
I put my demand before my father. As we all know, fathers (I am no exception) are always tough fellows and they never grant the demands of the little ones very easily, especially when it requires spending money. Like all fathers, my father was deaf to my demand for the new sandal. See, I was also tough and I knew different methods to pester him and finally make him yield to my demand.
Finally he understood that he would not get a moments peace if he was not to buy me a pair of new sandals. One day he took me to the town and when we returned there was a beam of satisfaction on my face and a pair of new sandals on my feet. My poor father, what headaches did I give him as a child!

Innocent Talks in Childhood

I used to swallow anything that cousin of mine told me without a pinch of salt. One day we were drinking orange squash. He said,
“Hey, this squash is nothing. We should drink whiskey or brandy instead.”
“What are they?” I asked in surprise, for I was hearing those two words for the first time.
“They are drinks like this, but tastier.”
“Have you tasted them?”
“No, but I will, some day.”
“Don’t forget to give me some too, okay?”
He nodded. We were children at that time and neither of us actually knew what whiskey and brandy were. I did not know where he heard those words. He believed they were just sweet drinks like orange squash! When he told me that I also just believed him and we both hoped to drink whiskey and brandy some day.

Other Heroes

When I was studying in middle school and high school there were one or two seniors who were my heroes. One was also a relation of mine. As usual with school heroes, they were also not good at studies. But they were good artistes (or so I thought). They acted in dramas staged in the school during different art festivals and other functions. Everyone appreciated their performance and admired them. I used to think why I did not become an actor like them and get the applause of all!
But none of them took acting as a profession later. One of the two actually did not get anywhere in real life. When I see that fellow now, I feel very sorry for the pathetic condition of my one time hero.
When I was in college, film stars and cricket players were my heroes. I wanted to be like them. But I was sure I won’t make one of them however hard I tried. The only thing I could do was to study. And I did that very well. I became an engineer as I wished. Today, at this middle age, I have no heroes at all. When I think of my old heroes, those childhood memories taste like the sweet orange squash my cousin and I used to drink as children.


Originally published at Expertscolumn:
http://expertscolumn.com/content/our-heroes-childhood-and-after

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I live in Tiruvalla, a small town in the state of Kerala, in India. I am an electrical engineer and I love to write.

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
9th Sep 2012 (#)

Thank you Johnnydod for the speedy moderation.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
9th Sep 2012 (#)

Thanks Pradeep for the frank share. We can never forget our childhood heroes and also the bullies for me! Aren't they everywhere? We also have many union leaders in Kerala who get away without doing a worthwhile job but spouting endless fire emitting slogans! They were also my heroes one time!!! Yes, we all start with our father as our heroes, agreed - siva

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
9th Sep 2012 (#)

Thank you Siva, for commenting. What you said about union and political leaders is quite right.

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author avatar Retired
12th Sep 2012 (#)

A great article, thank you. Cheered me up thank you very much!

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
14th Sep 2012 (#)

Thank you friend.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
14th Sep 2012 (#)

this is great Pradeep...thank you so very much....

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
15th Sep 2012 (#)

You are welcome cn. Thank you for visiting my page and leaving your comment.

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author avatar Judy Ellen
25th Nov 2012 (#)

I love this article! It is very well written and also quite adorable! I applaud your hard work!!

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
2nd Dec 2012 (#)

Thank you Judy, for the kind words.

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