Have you ever known a person who makes you smile the minute you see them? Who always gives you a hug and tells you how wonderful you are? What's more, this special person does that to everyone--and is perfectly sincere every time.
Marty is one of those special people. She is the perfect cheerleader, best hug giver, most engaging story teller and sweetest person you will ever meet. She is also one of the most hilarious. I guess what makes her a hero to me, is her ability to make you feel that you are the most special person she could ever be talking to in the room at that moment. It's not flattery or to be popular; instead, she has the uncanny ability to see the best in people--in you--and helps you to be able to see it too.
When I asked Marty for her permission to feature her here, she said "No. I'm not anybody's hero. I'm just me." I had to do some pretty fast talking to help her understand that in this world of sarcasm, put downs and criticism, the ability to see the best in people is becoming more rare. and therefore, more valuable. I want to be like her. I want my children to be like her.
Marty has not had an easy life. She suffers from fibromyalgia, and when a brain tumor developed, it took away her ability to read for several years. A librarian by trade, you can imagine how devastating this must have been for her. When the weather is stormy and her body feels badly, I'll ask Marty how she is feeling. With a smile on her face, she'll say "My body doesn't like the weather. But I'm here and I'm cute!" And then she makes the rest of us smile and asks us how WE are doing. I have never heard Marty complain; she is too busy helping others feel loved. That is what heros do.
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