6: Hero’s Cape

6: Hero’s Cape

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Best Mom Ever!

Hero’s Cape

Heroes are ordinary people who make themselves extraordinary.

~Gerard Way

It was one of those storms that turns day into night. I was pressed up against the door looking outside at the rain and wind.

I was crying and terrified, because my imaginary friend, whose name was Mary Okay, was caught outside. I saw her with my very own eyes. She was standing at the end of our driveway and clinging to our mailbox.

Mary Okay was screaming for my help! I knew I had to save her.

But how? I was just as terrified as she seemed to be. So, I did the only thing I could — I stood with my nose pressed against the screen and I wailed.

All of a sudden, my mother appeared. She was wearing white tennis shoes and she had a mint green bathrobe around her shoulders like a hero’s cape. My mother the superhero flung the door wide open, leaped to the mailbox, opened her “cape” and wrapped Mary Okay safely inside it.

And then she ran back into the house, carrying Mary Okay, and we were saved.

I’ve never forgotten the bravery and all the things my mother displayed that day to a six-year-old and her imaginary friend. Mary Okay may no longer be with me but as for my mother, she still wears the “cape.”

~Terri Rilea

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