In LA a few weeks ago our class made stories about our hero. We also had to make a book to put our story in. We had the artist Peg Gignoux come to help us make those books. The process was long but it was a lot of fun. She taught how to fold a book, collage, and many more artist flairs. After we were done with the book and the writing we glued them together. When we were all done we took our books to the Frank Gallery(http://www.frankisart.com) and invited our heroes to come read them. For my story I chose my dad. Here it is:
To me, a hero is someone who is hardworking, thoughtful, and helpful. Now there are tons of traits that could make a hero, but I know one special person who fits under those three specific traits. That person is my dad. His full name is James Gaston Huckabee IV. He was born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on August 24, 1972. For all his life, except four years (college), he has lived in Durham, NC in a small neighborhood called Hope Valley. In his time in this neighborhood he has lived in four different houses all in different locations throughout the area. One of those houses was from his childhood. During that time he was growing up with his sister Laura, his mom, and dad. He has lived in three others houses since he met my mom. For K-6 grade he went to Durham Academy. He then transferred to Githens where he went for two years then on to Jordan High School for the rest of his education before he went to college. For college he attended the University of North Carolina. While in college he met my mom. He now lives with me, my mom, my sister, and my brother. He is currently working at Northwestern Mutual selling life insurance and he has been for 22 years. Everything he does in his life fits under one of his three traits and that is why my dad is my hero.
My dad is hardworking. He does so much in his job and works so hard and then still has time to help with the family. Every day my dad goes to work as early as 5:00 am to meet with a client to work out their problems or to go to meetings. On most days he doesn’t get back home until around 6:00 pm. When he gets back he quickly changes into to play clothes and goes in the kitchen to help my mom make dinner. If finishes helping out with dinner, he will come and play basketball with my brother I until dinner is fully ready. After dinner we all sit down as a family and either play a board game, watch sports, or a news show. Then we all go to sleep and he does it all again the next day working just as hard as the day before. Now when I do my work I strive to work just as hard as him.
Another trait I can give to my dad is thoughtful. He is always there for me in the hardest times. This is a story about one of those times. It was a normal day. I was coming home from school ready for the weekend. But when I arrived in the driveway I realized my dad was home when he wasn’t supposed to be back yet. He was digging. Weird. When I walked around front I saw my mom crying then realized my dad was too. They said our dog died. My dad was digging his grave. I was torn up but my dad helped me through and get over it in the end. He distracted me from the topic and we went and did fun stuff together. This shows how thoughtful he is because even though we were both going through something very sad in our lives, he decided to think about others and not just about himself and what was happening to him.
Last but not least my dad is helpful. In everything I do, my dad is always there doing whatever he can to help out. During the wintertime I play rec basketball for Woodcroft. I have never been on an amazing team but even so my dad is there. After every game he comes to talk to me about the game and what I did well. Then he goes and helps me figure out everything I need to work on for the next game I am going to play in. He practices with me and coaches me. Another time he will help me out is playing golf. My dad and I will go out to play nine holes often. At every single hole, on every shot, he is there helping me. If it is choosing what club to hit or where to aim, he’ll help me. This trait in him inspires me to be just like him, so I can turn out just like him in the future.
Overall my dad means everything to me. He is always there for me and is my biggest mentor. He helps me academically, socially, and physically. He has shaped me into the person I am today and will keep doing so for the rest of my life. He is independent, helpful, and thoughtful. This man is my role model. His name is James Gaston Huckabee IV and he is my hero.