My Brother the Hero!
By Rhonda S.
December 23, 2017 4:20am CST
When I was around 9 and my brother was 10, he performed a heroic act that impressed me greatly. One evening, a puppy fell down into the storm drain, and was crying and whining. The storm drain openings are rectangular slits on the side of a curb (think of the original IT). On top of the sidewalk, there is a manhole cover, in case a city worker wants to go down there. Rodney and I saw the crowd and ran across the street to find out what happened. Two men had the cover off, and were discussing ways of getting the puppy out. When they saw my brother, they both stopped and starred at him. He was extremely tall and even more thin, so I think an idea popped into both their heads at the same time. They asked him if they could lower him down head first, while holding his feet and he could retrieve the puppy. I was horrified, because it was dark out and pitch blackness down where the puppy was. He agreed right away. The rescue was a complete success--he brought the dog up within minutes. Sadly, no one was impressed by his courage, and if fact I felt the men made fun of how skinny he was. Everyone dispersed quite quickly, and I stood there stunned. I felt that everyone should have patted him on the back and told him how great he was. They should have gone to my parents and made a big deal about him. He was so brave and I don't even know if I ever told him how proud I was of him, but I've always been in awe of his bravery that evening.
24 people like this
• Kathmandu, Nepal
Bravery comes from heart. Thanks for him. Oh do not fear to tell him thanks. It is never late anyway. In one sense you have already thanked him by posting discussions among the world. This is also a great thanks. Personally you can do the same! I hope it might not be the great piece of suggestion but it might help you!
• United States
I guess it was a different time back then. Now, I don't think two (normal) men would ever even think to touch a 10 year old without the parents standing right there and giving permission. My brother and I were made fun of lot, because we were tall and skinny, extreme skinny, though we both ate constantly. My brother was especially tormented for this by other boys, plus he wasn't a fighter, and he had a sensitive soul. We had a good comeback though, for those that called us skinny. We said, "We would rather be skinny than fat like you." Pretty good comeback don't you think?
• Ft. Worth, Texas
Omg mom I never new this happened. That is sad that no one told him good job but I bet he knew in his heart he had done something amazing. Just like how we get so happy seeing an animal that is hurting be saved, people making a human chain to save a dog. I always knew I was a hunter killer and did not care for animals but the truth is if I had seen an animal in pain I would have helped. You know when you have made this world a better place, you feel it in your heart