Cara Eklund is a 10-year-old fourth-grader at Homan Elementary School in Schererville. She was given a school assignment to write a story, and her response was a tribute to her mother that is most appropriate as Mother's Day approaches Sunday.
“I will definitely be framing this and finding a special place at home to hang it. Aren't our kids wonderful?” said Cara's mother, Candice Eklund.
Here is Cara's essay:
"Heroes don't have to have the power of flight or to be faster than the speed of light. Heroes can be ordinary people roaming the streets or at a store. They can be as young as a sapling or as old as an oak tree.
"However, as different as they might seem, ordinary people like my mother possess universal qualities, such as inspiration, comfort and to be helpful.
"Inspiration is a trait that heroes have when other people look up to them and make the right choice. I look up to my mother and she gives me wild thoughts that help make me, me! She always tells me do your best, and chase your dream in life before it runs away.
"She helps me in a way that is indescribable. I look up to her and I trust her, and I know I'm doing the right thing.
"Comfort is a feeling my mother gives me and it makes me feel that whatever I'm feeling is okay. If I feel upset by what has happened or what I've done, she talks to me in a comforting tone that instantly makes me feel good and we go on like nothing has happened.
"She also comforts other people. She lets them know she's listening and that she is there for them, no matter what happens.
"To help is to support and dedicate your time to help others. My mother helps when I need it and she is by my side when I need her assistance. My mother helps me with school projects and I appreciate it 100 percent.
"I can not tell her how much I love her and thank you because there is not enough paper in the world. I want her to know that I'm there for you as you are (for) me.
"Even though my mother does not have the power of flight, she has the most unbeatable power in the world, love. Even strangers can see my mother's qualities. It shines brighter than the sun and nothing can beat that! Inspiration, comfort and to be helpful is the only power she needs. She is the BEST!"
Cara's mother admits she was overwhelmed by her daughter's words. "She has always been blessed with being very creative and meaningful in her writings, but this essay went even beyond. She is as loving, kind and compassionate as her thoughtful and creative writings,"Candice Eklund said.