Heroes in our Home


Desmond Tutu & the 14th Dalai Lama


One of the things that we have tried to do in our home is recognize and appreciate those people in the world that have made an impact on other’s lives, and fought tirelessly to improve the lives of others. Usually (except for a few exceptions) Nobel Peace Prize winners exemplify these traits. Every year, we look forward to the date when the Nobel Peace Prize winners are announced, and as the kids get older we will make it a larger celebration.  If they have to know who Paris Hilton is, then they are damn well going to know who Cesar Chavez is, and what he did!

“Our language is the reflection of ourselves. A language is an exact reflection of the character and growth of its speakers.”-Cesar Chavez

In a time when celebrities are everywhere, and exalted for just ‘being pretty’, or going to the ‘coolest parties’, it is our goal to honor the people we feel worthy of this exalted status. Our hopes are that L&D recognize the celebrities for being just entertainers, and that they attempt to exemplify the traits and actions of the heroes that we celebrate in our home.

"When you put your hand to the plow, you can't put it down until you get to the end of the row."-Alice Paul

What we do is celebrate the person on their birthday. We talk about them, their achievements and what they have contributed to the betterment of the world. We color a picture of them, bake a birthday cake (if there is cake…kids will remember) and we read a book.  We also make a KIVA loan  in honor of this person. As L & D get older these celebrations will change, as they grow intellectually and can understand more.

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. "-Martin Luther King, Jr.

We don’t celebrate every person that has won a Nobel Peace Prize, nor is everyone that we celebrate a Nobel Peace Prize winner.

"To be a light to others you will need a good dose of the spiritual life. Because as my mother used to say, if you are in a good place, then you can help others; but if you're not well, then go look for somebody who is in a good place who can help you."- Riboberta Menchu

Something else that has become a tradition is watching the CNN Heroes on Thanksgiving night. These are ordinary people doing extraordinary things!

"Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.”-Dalai Lama

Here is our Birthday Celebration List:

Rigoberta Menchú          January 9     

Alice Paul                        January 11

Martin Luther King, Jr.   January 15                          

César Chávez                     March 31                            

"Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace. "- Buddha

Gautama Buddha             May 8                                   

14th Dalai Lama                 July 6                                    

Nelson Mendela              July 18           

"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. "-Nelson Mendela

Mother Teresa                  August 26   

"Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do... but how much love we put in that action. "-Mother Teresa

 Mohandas  Gandhi       October 2       

"A 'No' uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble."- Gandhi


Desmond Tutu                  October 7

"Do your little bit of good where you are; its those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world. "- Desmond Tutu

Jesus                                     December 25                        

“Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you."- Jesus



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