“Heroes didn't leap tall buildings or stop bullets with an outstretched hand; they didn't wear boots and capes. They bled, and they bruised, and their superpowers were as simple as listening, or loving. Heroes were ordinary people who knew that even if their own lives were impossibly knotted, they could untangle someone else's. And maybe that one act could lead someone to rescue you right back.” - Jodi Picoult, Second Glance
I recently read the above quote as I was surfing through the Internet on my daily run of the latest news. And I stopped for a minute to reflect on the idea expressed here. In just a few short sentences, Ms. Picoult touches on the essence of all the stories we ever read and all the comic books we ever collected. The real super heroes of our world lie within us.
This is the stuff of movies, right? Only in films do we get all warm and fuzzy about Liam Hemsworth or Ryan Reynolds coming to the realization that they are superheroes through and through. Only they can save their community and the world.
Events in Wyandotte over the last two weeks have come to prove otherwise.
It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Lions & Tigers & Beers Sports Club had been added to the city council agenda for the next day’s City Council meeting. The restaurant had planned to expand their successful venture and had all of the proper paperwork complete to move forward with the city’s blessing. About 7 p.m., a fire broke out in the back of the restaurant and while everyone escaped the fire unscathed, all we could do was sit back helplessly and watch the business go up in smoke while our amazing firefighters did their daily duty.
But all of Downriver was there to hold our hands. Local fire departments as far away as Detroit were there to help put out the flames. All of Downriver was there to stand by a local community in need.
Over the next few days, local business owners, the city of Wyandotte and members of the local community took the responsibility and the action to become active citizens and support local business. Immediately following the fire, local businesses offered jobs to the newly unemployed at their establishments. Community collections and fundraisers popped up all over the city. Right here on Wyandotte Patch, members of the community and even the affected business owners themselves expressed amazing pledges of support.
One of the most successful Third Fridays yet this year in Wyandotte happened just last week. This is the kind of heroism that we needed and it comes at an important time for our community. It should keep coming.
Even though it took a tragedy like this to bring some people out to stand up for their community, it was obvious that we just continued being the heroes we always were. For some time, Wyandotte has led the way with campaigns to support local business and bring more young and creative businesses to Wyandotte. City and local organizations have partnered together over the last four or five years to really push for a business revolution in Wyandotte. It must keep coming.
I am not a native to Wyandotte. My husband and I moved here in 2005. But what has confirmed our decision to move to this beautiful city is the everyday heroism that can be found in the citizens of this city. Having moved at least 10 times growing up, I have lived in many places all over the United States and Europe. This uncommon quality and passion is not often found in society today. What has become clear is that the Wyandotte community is full of true heroes. Not just because of one tragedy, but because it is the right thing to do for our community.
Let’s not forget it.