THE HERO FROM NOWHERE
I was born some 23 years ago in a little town of about 5,000. My little town is 25 miles from a pretty big city. When I was in grade school the teachers thought I would be a good athlete. I was big and tall for my age.
When I got to junior high in the ninth grade I was good anough in Foorball to play for the high school team. In fact I was the only 9th grader to start. By the 10th grade I was over six feet tall and about 170 pounds. I was one of our best players. My dad got lots of attention at the cafe, and the barber shop, and other places. His friends told him how good I was. He liked it because my older brother had got in trouble and dad was ashamed of him.
After the games the older players ask me to go with them. Some one would get a beer and we would go to a small lake near the town. There were girls there and the older boys we tease me to become a man. I did not know what to do but they told me how and pushed me to be a man. It was very awkward but I finally did what they said. I was fifteen and could have said no but wanted there approval. This happened several times.
It was fun being a big wheel at the school and in our little town and my dad was really pleased. I don't mean to blame others but the attention I got was hard for me to deal with so I just went along.
In the tenth grade we played an epispocal school from the big city. We won and I scored two touchdowns. There had been a little story in the big city paper about me and after the game one of there coaches came over to me and said "so you are the hero from nowhere. I still don't know if he meant mean or was just joking. I did not think much of it until I went to bed that night. May be I was a important person but was I from nowhere. Were the older boys laughing at my awkard attempts at being a man. Were the girls who really seem to like me talking about me having a bad reputattion. Was I really just a little guy from nowhere even if I was a foorball star was I what the coach said. A hero from nowhere. Then I went to sleep.