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Why I love Missoula: Superheroes of Kindness

Superhero Hayden Bosshardt bestows a homemade flower on Flor-Haven resident Jennifer Deutsch. “It’s lovely. Thank you,” said Deutsch, which is the only reward a superhero needs. Photo by MICHAEL GALLACHER/Missoulian

Superhero Hayden Bosshardt bestows a homemade flower on Flor-Haven resident Jennifer Deutsch. “It’s lovely. Thank you,” said Deutsch, which is the only reward a superhero needs. Photo by MICHAEL GALLACHER/Missoulian

In editing stories for Sunday’s newspaper this afternoon, I came across a quote from a gentleman – the subject of our Sunday Territory feature – who lives in Missoula, despite the fact that his antique restoration business might be more robust in a bigger city. So he travels to his customers, always returning to Missoula.

“I can make a living everywhere else in America but here,” he said.

So why stick around?

“I don’t even have to answer that one,” he said. “You live here, you know.”

Some hours later, I came across a simple joyful story that we’ll carry on page one of Saturday’s Missoulian – and that provides, at least for me, the answer.

Superheroes of Kindness.

Jamie Kelly’s beautifully written story
tells of a trip some little children made Friday to visit some folks who are likely a little lonely in their day-to-day lives. They wore capes and carried paper flowers and pictures they drew themselves. They called themselves Superheroes of Kindness.

“Superheroes usually have to hurt someone,” said their teacher, Kristal Burns. “Well, we can be superheroes by being kind.”

And so they trundled down the street, and made a whole bunch of people smile. At the group home they visited. In the Missoulian newsroom. And now, in all of western Montana, as people pick up their Saturday newspaper and remember why we love this place so very much.

Sherry Devlin

2 comments to Why I love Missoula: Superheroes of Kindness

  • kathleen

    I can’t stop reading this story over and over, even after reading it already in the newsroom system last night on the job! And it makes me smile, misty-eyed, chuckle, happy each time.
    I e-mailed the link all over the globe to family members. There’s something about Jamie Kelly and little-kid stories that is just magical, hilarious, heart-warming! — Kathleen R. Kimble

  • [...] Editor read the story and was reminded about how awesome Missoula is and why we choose to live here. Be sure to read Kathleen’s comment posted under Missoula [...]

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