Hero Speech

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Doctors, firefighters, policemen, Mother Theresa, and the Pope are just a few of the things that come to mind when we think of the word hero. What we don’t think about are the everyday hero’s that go unrecognized. These are the individuals who make a change not only in our lives but in the lives of those around us.

Today I would like to share with you one of these everyday hero’s that often goes unrecognized. Her name is Melyssa Haas. Melyssa and I met just two years ago at work and although I haven’t known her that long I quickly learned how much influence she would have not only in my life but in the lives of many women and children that I have never met.

First and foremost Melyssa is a mother. She has two children Issac who is 5 and Ava who is 3. She has been married to her husband, Brian who is a youth pastor, for 7 years. Along with taking care of her family and home, she is also going to school to be a nurse and has 3 jobs one as a waitress, one as a cook, and the other as a counselor.

The three jobs that she holds are how she makes a pathway in the brush of others lives.
I met Mel when I became a waitress 2 years ago, we hit it off right away. Talking about our lives and family we quickly realized that we had a lot in common. We had both been slammed by the economy and had to go back to work, we both lived pretty far away from our families, and we both had two children, we have even been married almost the same amount of time.

But there was one thing she was doing that I wasn’t. Going back to school. Before meeting her I thought there was no way with my busy schedule that I could go back to school , get a business degree and still have time for family and friends.

After watching her work 3 jobs, go to school full time, and still make time for her family I really looked up to her and what she was accomplishing so then I decided to enroll in school. I quickly found out that she made it look a lot easier than it actually is. But being...
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