Antoinette Tuff is my hero.
Just watched her interview with Anderson Cooper. Yes, she deserves all the praise she has just begun to get. I can’t imagine it will go to her head, which is something in itself that speaks to who she is.
And while she very much is special, part of it is that she is not. She is very much like many people we all know, just as generally decent as she seems.
She saved every one of those 800 children in that elementary school. It is quite literally almost impossible to top that, ever, as an act of sheer goodness. The trauma she saved their families and community is exponentially broader than even that. But even beyond something of that scale she saved us all – hundreds of millions of us – the pain of something far worse than even what happened in Newtown.
Each level of her accomplishment is so large that it is almost impossible to see the whole picture at once. I think it will take us all a long time to process just what she did and what it means in so many ways.
Each of us personally owes her more than we will ever be able to pay. Supporting her idea for a charity until it is a permanent part of the American experience seems like the least we can do as a start.
Proceeds will be used to provide travel for underprivileged children. We will provide inner city kids the opportunity to see the world. If you change their vision, you can change their lives.