Heroes can be found in all shapes, sizes and disguises. They’re nurses, doctors, paramedics, soldiers and others in uniform — but they can also be anyone who gives tender care to another.
Take Kate Langman, a hairstylist in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. She was working a shift at an Ulta Beauty salon when a woman came into the store looking at hair products. Kate and she got to talking, and Kate discovered the woman was suffering from a very deep depression and hadn’t been able to get out of bed for 6 months. As a result, her hair had been unwashed and unbrushed. Unable to deal with it, the woman kept putting it into a bun, which had turned into one huge dreadlock.
Kate convinced the woman to make an appointment at the salon so she could take care of the problem. The woman didn’t show up then — and also broke an appointment made for two weeks later. Kate gave up on the idea of seeing her, but never forgot about the woman.
Finally, the woman came in and asked Kate if she could get her hair done that day. “I, of course, said yes,” Kate wrote later on Facebook. “I didn’t care how late I stayed, I wanted to make sure she got taken care of.
Kate took a whopping eight hours on the woman’s hair, detangling, combing out, cleaning, cutting, coloring and styling her hair. As Kate worked, “I could see the sparkle in her eyes and I could see her cheeks get rosy pink from the excitement of not only being able to run her fingers through her hair again, but she felt herself again.”
Kate may not fly or wear a cape, but she shows what being a hero is all about: spending time and effort on people when they need it the most, in whatever way we can.