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by Lynda Young 4 months ago in basketball
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People have said that it "Takes a Village to raise children," but How do we separate the good ones from the bad? That's a mystery we haven't solved by now.

After all, we all want to be somebody's work of fiction: a false belief or statement. Still, it's often to maintained to be true because it is expedient to do so or something invented or untrue in Literature of prose that describes imaginary events or people.

There are three main phases of the hero train in my life, so see back and be grateful. The first stop of the hero train of my memory is Lynda's mother_ she came to America from a small Island of Costa Rica as a little girl with her grandmother. NellyJean had the pleasure of being named after her grandmother because she raised NellyJean very early and taught her the facts of life, love, self-beauty, and the art of cooking in the kitchen. My great-grandmother passed away before my mother found out that she was pregnant with me, and my older sister was about six or seven years old. My mother is my first stop because she has always cared for her dysfunctional family. Uncle Gary(her only brother), Evita(eldest daughter), Malaki/Aamari(My sister's kids), her co-workers, and me, to name a few.

Many people in our family thought that my mother was crazy to leave New Jersey with two young girls under the age of 12 on her own to raise in a small town of Pennsylvania, but then it didn't work out as she thought it would. So, anyway, she was transferred to work at Bank of America in Jacksonville, Florida, and we lived there for about ten years. Meanwhile, my mom also went to school at the University of Phoenix to get her Master's degree while raising two girls and working at the University. Next, she worked at UPS for about 15 years in Jacksonville and St. Augustine; while moving to St. Augustine before I went to high school at Allen D. Nease; my mother still takes care of her family, even though my sister has her kids, living on her own while working.

The next stop of my hero train is two former friends of mine: Michelle Givens and Jacquelyn Colon (maiden name: Omesol). I have known them since we were the first day of DuPont Middle because I went to the YMCA before and after school, and during the summer, we went to Keystone Heights for Camp Immokalee.

About two weeks, one Saturday out of the two weeks we were there, we went to Orlando parks_ the Magic Kingdom of Disneyworld, Universal Studios, and Seaworld; we had fun the whole day. After that, it was the eighth grade, and frankly, it was the year of my life because I got bullied by three black girls in my class, and I hated it so much that I wanted to get out of DuPont and never come back for my life. Michelle and Jacquelyn knew about the bullying because I was easily upset about it whenever I was with them. The only thing they told me to was to tell my mother, but I didn't because I didn't want to be a snitch from my mouth to a teacher's ear that gets stitches from their fist to my head at the hospital. Anyway, one night I was home from school, the phone rang, and it was Michelle telling me that she needed to talk to my mother about what's been going on with me at school because I didn't tell my mom myself when she asked: "How's school?" I couldn't believe that Michelle did that to me.

Lynda's mom was able to talk to teachers, and they were able to fix the situation before the school year ended. Still, instead of Thanking Michelle and Jacquelyn for sticking out their necks. Lynda just turned the other cheek at them for the whole summer, and Lynda never went back to Jacksonville to see them. Jacquelyn and Michelle still saw each other from high school in Jacksonville at Wilson and college in Gainseville at the University of Florida into adult life. Jacquelyn is currently married to Christian Colon, dating less than a year before becoming engaged. Michelle is committed to engaging with Kevin Rivera; He is in a relationship right now, less than a year of dating. Lynda could not be any happier for them for better or worse, sickness and health, richer or poorer until death takes part as long as their Husband and wives shall live both worlds.

And, the third stop of the hero train is Kobe Bryant_ the former basketball player for spent the last 20 years as a shooting guard for the Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association. Born in Philadelphia and partly raised in Italy because his father was Joseph Bryant, a former basketball player and coach for the major teams in the NBA. When Kobe was six years old, he moved the family( his mother, two sisters, and himself) to Rieti, Italy. After Kobe turned thirteen, his family moved back to Philly and continued to play basketball for his school. After graduating from high school, he was selected to the Charlotte Hornets but was traded to the Lakers.

Because of his skills on the court, The Lakers has five state championships, and he was selected to play on the US national team in both the 2008 and 2012 summer Olympics, won 2 gold medals because of it. Off the court, Kobe was a devoted husband to Vanessa for almost 20 years, a wonderful father to four daughters and, a pioneer to his community because he honored his time and effort to the Make-A-Wish foundation_ helping to fulfill the wishes of children with critical illnesses.

Also, he and Vanessa started a foundation to "helping young people in need, encouraging the development of physical and social skills through sports and assisting the homeless." He has spoken out about the Injustice directly aimed at homeless people who are indicted of their situation, saying that homelessness shouldn't be ignored or made a low priority.

And become a brand ambassador for After School All-Stars_ An American non-profit organization that partners with schools across the United States to expand the learning day for low-income children, including an after-school program in thirteen cities across the US. Furthermore, in 2017, Kobe won an academy award for the best animated short film called "Dear Basktball_ the film stands based on a letter Kobe wrote to the Players' Tribute after announcing his retirement from basketball on November 29th 2015.

Before his untimely death, he was adopted to "Black Mamba" because he was indicted with sexual assault in 2003 by the sheriff's officers of Colorado when a 19-year hotel employee filed a sexual complaint against Kobe. Kobe was found innocent and created as an alter ego to cope with the backlash. He passed away along with Gianna, his daughter, and seven other people in a helicopter crash on January 20th, 2020, on the side of Calabasas mountains.

He was supposed to attend his daughter's Gianna basketball team at the Mamba sports academy in Thousand Oaks, which he started in 2018 as a joint athletic-training business venture. One year after his death, Kobe was inaugurated to the Basketball Hall of Fame, where Vanessa delivered the acceptance speech on his behalf.

In conclusion, I've seen heroes come and go from my life, but the three rest stops of my hero train are the people I keep very close to my heart because they have made a significant impact on my life that I'll remember until my dying breath fades.


About the author

Lynda Young

I was born and raised by a single mother and, I'm not the type of person that doesn't want a hand out when it comes to money because I want to work hard for it myself and, one day, I want to become successful in my terms and conditions.

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