Heroes Of The Week!

With summer temps busy cooking up the numbers, I figure on keeping this week’s episode as chill as possible. I do not wish to mess with a thermostat that insists on writing hotter stuff than E. L. James could ever dream of. So we’ll keep it real and righteous and most of all, cool . . .

Now to the lineup . . .

Wear sunscreen . . and comfortable shoes: Daverius Peters thought he had missed his chance. The senior at Hahnville High School in Louisiana had arrived at his graduation ceremony with tomorrow on his mind, and then he was turned away. Problem was, his black top sneakers were in violation of the school’s dress code.

John Butler is a para-educator at the school who was in attendance as a parent that day, but when he learned of Peters’ predicament, he was ready to do whatever it took. After failing to convince the gate-keeper to give the kid a pass, yep . . he did whatever it took. He switched his size 11’s with the kid’s size 9’s and tomorrow got back to business.

“I wasn’t surprised because Mr. Butler is that type of person,” a grateful Peters told The Washington Post. “At school, if you’re having a bad day, he’ll be the one to take you out of class, walk around the school with you and talk to you.”

This journey of twenty thousand more tomorrows began with a single good deed.

Sign Her Up, Padres!: Attention, young ballplayers. Study this woman’s extension, her focus and yes, the fact that she snared that baseball with a baby in her arms. Now, y’all have no excuse, so get back to practicing!

Next Stop, The 2032 Summer Olympics: Chase Poust is seven years old going on Superman. Or is that Aquaman? Well, if you’ll forgive my indecisiveness in this instance, Imma go with both. The little guy was on a boating trip with his father Steven and four-year old sister Abigail when tragedy tried to strike, but was slapped down by the little guy.

When a strong current swept Abigail away, Chase didn’t hesitate in going after her with Steven jumping in in an attempt to save them both. It soon became apparent to the father of two that he wasn’t going to be able to do so. He made the decision to have his son swim for shore while he stayed behind and tried to catch up with the bobbing life-jacket that was keeping his daughter alive.

It would have been easy to panic in this life and death situation, but Chase kept his cool by pacing himself on the hour-long long swim to shore- he took turns swimming, floating and dog-paddling. When he finally reached land, he rushed to the nearest house and called for help.

An hour after that, Steven and Abigail Poust were found more than a mile from their boat, alive and kicking thanks to a boy who can have his pick of superhero outfits, made custom, of course.

missing wallet returned 46 years later

Nothing Is Ever Lost, Only Misplaced: Big thank you to the lovely Dale for this time-capsule classic that took place in Ventura, California. It’s a case of lost and found . . and then found some more.

While working on the remodeling of the historic Majestic Ventura Theater in Southern California, Tom Stevens came across a wallet in a crawl space. He took to the theater’s Facebook page, asking if anyone knew a Colleen Distin. A few thousand shares later and Colleen received a phone call, informing her the wallet had been found.

Last Friday, she met with Stevens to collect her lost wallet, during which they talked about its contents: Poetry, notes, a $200 check, old photos of high-school friends as well as one of her mother who died several years ago. Oh, and a $5 ticket stub from a Grateful Dead concert she attended in 1973 . . . two years before she lost that wallet.

Forty six years removed from the day she lost it, a little part of her world came calling; reminding her of all the good people she once knew, and a certain good person who she has just come to know. And it was thanks to the overwhelmingly positive response to her story that she decided to share it with others. So while you could say that wallet was forty-six years late?

I kinda think it was right on time.

We cap things off for this Friday episode with a couple whose love for each other is just the beginning of the story. Krystal and Patrick Duhaney are true believers whose mission is to share their good fortune with others, by way of Target runs. And yeah you read that right. You see, they’ve taken to stuffing money in baby supplies at Target stores in the Los Angeles area. The tote board stands at $1,000 dollars and counting, upwards.

Baby number three is on the way and it’s reminding them as to how expensive this parent business can be. As a registered nurse and founder of Milky Mama, Krystal and her husband find themselves in a good place financially, and so they decided to pay their gratitude forward.

“We recalled how hard it was for us as new parents to afford some of the basics and we could imagine how difficult it must be during this pandemic,” Krystal said during a recent appearance on the TODAY Show.

This beautiful couple figures out the math of a complicated place by sharing some of their good fortune with others. Because that’s how you grow a world that is in constant need of watering. We get plenty of forgettable on the regular, stuff that leaves you shaking your head in disgust. But then you read a story like this and you find yourself shaking your head for a very different reason. Because stories like this make you realize that sometimes the great big world just needs a hug.

These two are supplying.

41 thoughts on “Heroes Of The Week!

  1. I love this….

    Nothing Is Ever Lost, Only Misplaced. What a great story since, I know what it’s like to lose something you love.

    I’m happy for them. It’s when you have to admit there’s something bigger going on, governing from above.

    I always marvel Marco at the work you put into Heroes. It’s so admirable. Really!!! Susannah 🙂

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  2. B,

    Hah… E.L. James… I’m embarrassed to say I read all three…

    There is kindness in the world in the right places. John Butler saw a need and didn’t hesitate. Such a simple act that made a whole lot of difference in a boy’s life.

    Now THAT is proof that moms can do it all 😉 What a catch!

    Definitely both for Chase! What a perfect name he was given, too, when you think about it. I would have hated to be in Steven’s position. My God. I got goosebumps.

    That is just the coolest. Could you imagine being handed a lost wallet 46 years later? Just a feel-good story and glad I shared it with you 🙂

    Wow to this beautiful couple. Can you imagine getting home with your pack of diapers and finding the cash stuffed inside? The recipients must dance around their kitchen wondering what Fairy Godmother (father) passed by.

    Excellent choice of song, B! Starting my day off with a bounce!


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    • Q

      Ahem. Well, there is nothing wrong with that. My thing was, if you need all the bells and whistles that E.L. brings out . . the participants just might need to polish up on the fundamentals.

      Butler has a goal every time he goes to work, and it’s to make a positive difference in the lives of the children he works with. I’m guessing there is no “off the clock” time with that kind of individual.

      And is it just me or does she have a Sara Bareilles vibe to her?

      That IS a perfect name for him, isn’t it? And no, I cannot imagine being in the position where you have to choose. But he taught Chase well and he believed in the kid. Gotta hand it to Dad, too.

      Thank you for it too. Yeah, imagine this wallet coming back to her all that time later. It meant so much to her back then, and not just because of the check inside.

      Paying it forward. It’s something people talk about all the time, but these two are doing it on the regular. I admire people like this, so much.

      The one-hit wonder dynamic duo. Hey, if you’re only going to have one hit, make it count, right? And they sure did.


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      • Ahem. If ever you see the movie “The Book Club” with Jane Fonda et al, you can see that these books, while not anywhere near to being literary geniuses, did, add some spice to their lives 😉

        Butler is my kind of guy – to have such a goal every day is the sign of a good person.

        Now that you mention it…

        I am not that great a swimmer so I am beyond impressed by this boy’s stamina (of course, when your and your family’s life depends on it, I think you can dig deeper than you thought). Gotta hand it to Dad, absolutely.

        Course the cheque is no longer cashable but still. How cool to find your lost mementos like that.

        I do, too. It is admirable to pay it forward. And it doesn’t always have to mean cash.

        Absolutely! They join the ranks of so many!

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        • Whatever works . . that’s my motto.

          And it’s unusual. The world is dominated by the me-firsters, who want theirs. After which they want to tell you how special they are for donating to PETA.

          Chase will be in Brisbane in 2032. And Dad and Abigail will be there rooting him on.

          You mean the check? Yes, I wonder what they would say to you if you tried to cash that sucker?


          I know right?

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  3. I like this quote, ‘This journey of twenty thousand more tomorrows began with a single good deed.’ That was a touching thing that Teacher had done.
    All of your stories are hitting me in the feels this week. ❤️

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  4. Marco this was lovely, as usual. Heroes do not have to be caped and spectacular. They are often people in our background who step forward in a moment of kindness. That kindness can have a domino effect and begets more kindness. If only it could become a trend. What a world we would live in then.

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    • Pam,

      No they don’t. And that’s what makes it all the more special, the fact these are people like us.

      And I truly believe in that. Like when you hold the door for someone and they in turn do the same.

      One door at a time, Pam. We’ll get there.

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  5. Stellar episode, Marc. Like anyone was seriously going to notice the kid’s shoes – sheesh. So glad the dad and both kids made it out of the drink alive – whew!

    I love the diaper money gig!

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    • Thank you Eilene, this was a fun one to put together.

      I know right? I mean . . this isn’t a formal. And even if it was, I don’t think they would be that stringent.

      That little guy is going to the Olympics! Brisbane . . 2032.

      Isn’t that a great story? I loved it.

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  6. thanks for the uplifting news with this heroes post!
    i agree the wallet was right on time
    and the little boy swimming and then getting help was crazy cool! what a grounded young boy!

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    • No Resa, not a one. As I was telling Yvette, I didn’t get around to reading up much on the news this week. So it was all bright side as a result. 😉

      Seriously! She had that ball from the time her hand grasped for it. No hesitation, she just snatched it . . with bebe!


    • Chase is going to be in Brisbane in 2032 if he keeps it up.

      And the graduation story is good stuff. It shows you what peeps like Butler truly are all about. It’s never a job, it’s an extension of their character.


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