October 02, 2007
As a child, when we think of heroes, we think of Superman, Spiderman, Wonder Woman, not to mention all the other evil fighting heroes that make the cut that we would like to model ourselves behind. Then as we become older we start to lean more towards policemen, firemen, athletes, and even our parents, not to mention the writer, poet, or inspirational speaker that seems to make a significant difference in our lives. Webster’s definition of a hero is, “A mythological or legendary figure of great strength or ability” (Merriam-Webster, 1997), and while that may be true, what may be one’s idea of a hero may not constitute someone else’s idea of a hero. My definition of a hero is someone that gives selflessly, speak to my soul, touch my heart, and save my life. What about those few that seems to be more of a villain than a hero?
In the essay, Out of the Stream: An Essay of Unconventional Motherhood by Shirley Glubka, (1983)she describes herself as being a not-so conventional woman who for several reasons gave up her son because she didn’t want the job of raising him. She would definitely be considered a villain in the society we live in today. Really now, what kind of woman wouldn’t want the job of raising her own son? There are lots of women who feel they having unfairly been burdened with this task, but the difference between a percentage of those women and Glubka is that she recognized her weaknesses and did something that most of us view as unspeakable; she gave her child up because she thought that her child would suffer if she continued to keep him with her. She thought that she could not be a good mother to him nor do him justice. The child abuse statistics from The Administration for Children and Families from a report in 2005, more than 60% (62.8%) of victims suffered neglect, more than 15% (16.6%) of the victims suffered physical...