Lily was the new girl in town. Soft-spoken, charming, smart- but she lacked confidence. She had moved so much in her life, always having to leave good friends behind and either start a new school or a new job. She was desperate to belong to some place or some one in some way. Johnny had his eye on her the day she set foot in this town. He felt it was his right to stake his claim on her before someone else did. He was such a charmer. Smooth talker, good looking. He had it all as far as looks goes. But he was a first class jerk, and sadly, Lily was about to find that out. That poor girl fell head over heels in love for the first time, and she fell hard. She'd hear the giggles of other girls who'd see them together. People who became her friends had tried to warn her he was just using her but she'd have no part of any of it. She knew he loved her. She just knew it! After they made love, their dates became further apart. Johnny always had an excuse for why he couldn't see her. He had to work a double shift. His Grandmother was ill and he had to tend to her. Whatever. She finally realized it was all a bunch of lies. He didn't even have a Grandmother. Everyone was right. He would walk out of her life as soon as he 'conquered' her because it was a score thing with him and another school jock. I mean jerk. Lily became withdrawn and depressed. She would lie in bed day after day watching her life drift by. But this one day she happened to put the TV on and Oprah was interviewing a woman who nearly died af a broken heart and miraculously she pulled through because she found a superhero heart mender! Oh My God!!!! Lily jumped out of bed and turned up the volume and vigorously took notes. She called the number on the screen and the next thing you know this big superhero in a little body came over to her house and mended her broken little heart. She held the tiny ladder steady for him while he diligently stitched her wounds. Even though he had to make a sizeable incision, she never felt a thing nor did she have a scar! This tiny little heart-mending guy was truly her superhero to whom she be forever grateful.
My personal superheroes are the workers at animal shelters... and hospice workers... and people who round up feral cats and feed them and catch them to have them spayed and neutered... and firemen and women... and policemen and women...and people who love life even when times are as tough as they can be. People like you! :)
(acrylic on canvas resulting in a crappy scan)