Last weekend we remembered those who lost their lives fighting for us, fighting to keep us safe and fighting for our future. For these men and women allow us to get up everyday and live in a world where we can be free, a world where our children go to school and a world where we matter and where we have a voice – to these men and women I am forever grateful.
It did get me thinking about what defines a hero, the google definition and obviously google is gospel states that a hero is… a person who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. It made me realise that in my world I am literally surrounded by heroes and I am honoured to have family members who have been heroes in the literal sense and been to war along with the everyday heroes.
Mini Wallers is about inspiring stories and creating adventures for our children – to allow them to be the heroes in their own stories. I’m not sure about everyone else but my children inspire me on a daily basis – don’t get me wrong they also drive me to the gin but on many occasions, they have been my heroes. The first day at school when they go in and don’t look back, when they say their first line in the school play with the confidence that brings a tear to your eye, riding their bike for the first time and the way that they can brighten even the dullest day with something as simple as a hug.
They are the future of this world and I am so so happy that we are all raising such a wonderful bunch of heroes who will shape and carve their own way in this crazy crazy world.
This is also a fantastic opportunity to introduce you to another Mighty Waller – Ed. The person who has inspired the Festive Ed garland and the camel in our designs. Ed or Edward is our cousin, in our eyes he is a hero. He has overcome dyslexia and two big sisters to join the TA, complete a tour in Afghanistan and become an army officer – last weekend he wore a poppy and a medal.
As kids we had adventures in streams, we were Thunderbird, International Rescue (we had business cards and everything!) we went to brass band and we camped in our grandparent’s garden, we, along with our brothers and sisters were the original Mini Wallers. Like us, he was inspired by Bruce, you see we shared a grandfather and as we grow older Edward is more and more like our Grandfather - the original story teller.
And so it goes, he is about to become a Dad, a whole new adventure awaits him and he will, I am sure become his daughter or sons absolute hero!