Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge Day 24 #HAWMC: Mascot

  • 24 April 2012

It’s Day 24 of the WEGO Health Activist Writer’s Month, in which participants are directed to write each day about a health issue.

Today’s Prompt: Health Mascot. 

Give yourself, your condition, or your health focus a mascot. Is it a real person? Fictional? Mythical being? Describe them. Bonus points if you provide a visual!

Here’s the definition of “mascot” given in The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company (updated in 2009):

A person, animal, or object believed to bring good luck, especially one kept as the symbol of an organization such as a sports team.

[French mascottesorcerer's charm, mascot, from Provençal mascotosorcery, fetish, from mascowitch, ultimately from Medieval Latin mascamask, specter, witch.]

As my mascot I’ve chosen my brother Roy. He epitomizes the “Baird team”, all that is good and well with our sometimes-troubling world. Instead of sulking in bed when autumn winds blow (our parents both died in the fall), my brother uses that season to remind himself of their gentle nature.  He resurrects their kind spirits, charming everyone around him with a warm, magical smile and a kind deed. To me he’s the perfect mascot, symbolizing both good luck and alluring demeanor.

My brother at sweet 16

As to sports, I found out just today that in his sixties, my brother still jogs. I have been running since before 1980, but didn’t realize that my brother still does the same. By now, the thief of time and health could have stolen our knees or other body parts that would prevent us from continuing this recreation. It pleases me beyond measure to know he’s still in the running.

Although we live three thousand miles apart, our spirits and faith are connected as if we were just a breath away. That kind of bond takes my breath away. Would that the world could live in peace the way my brother and I do now.

You will live forever in my heart, Roy.

Do you have a mascot? How would you describe such a symbol?