Writing about my heros (which you can find at the bottom of this post) was indeed revelatory. Here's why: 1) I was surprised by how much my heros have changed over time -- from Bewitched's Samantha to Peggy Noonan? 2) It was also interesting to observe that my childhood heros were imaginary. A reminder just how much children identify with the imaginary, magical world. I clearly watched television as a child, and most would consider me a functioning contributing member of society. Who were your heros as a child? Who are they today? How have they changed? 2) My heros have played a greater role in who I've become than I would have predicted prior to this exercise. Example A: The fact that I so admired Samantha and Shirley Partridge as a young girl makes it a lot less surprising that I care about mothering well, my many years of "not wanting to have kids yet" notwithstanding.