David, the kids and I were at the Virginia Tech/Boise State game on Monday. Great game, although it didn’t turn out the way we wanted. Before the game I had the privilege of spending some time with Bill Milliken. If you didn’t know who Bill was, you probably wouldn’t have thought he was anybody special —  standing there in the parking lot in his Hokies t-shirt and sporting a ball cap which could only partly contain his mop of  grey hair — however, when Senator Mark Warner went out of his way just to stop by and talk to Bill, you might have realized you were standing next to someone special. Someone, who is in fact, extraordinary.

Talking to Bill Milliken, founder of Communities in Schools, got me thinking about what it means to be a hero. A REAL hero. Selflessness. Moral excellence. Humility. Service. Integrity. I thought about all the heroes among us who are unsung, unnoticed. I found a new hero Monday in Mr. Milliken. Who are your heroes? And what does it mean to be a hero? Who do you want your kids to see as heroes? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Sara Ellington is author of The Must-Have Mom Manual and The Mommy Chronicles, both with Stephanie Triplett.



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