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?

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  1. Nancy's Point - April 24, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Your brother for your mascot, that’s so sweet, Jan. No, I don’t have one. I just read Renn’s post on this topic, though, and I just might go with her suggestion…

  2. jhasak - April 24, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    It was hard to think of a mascot, Nancy, and so I just went with my closest relative, with whom I have a special relationship. But Renn’s right…our closest relative is our own self. Thanks for stopping by my blog, and be good to yourself! xx

  3. Lori Hope - April 25, 2012 at 9:24 am

    How beautiful, Jan! I love this. Love that you and your brother are so close in spite of the miles that divide you, and that you admire him as well as love him. Good for you for meeting this challenge! Sorry I haven’t been here as much as I’d like – I can play the Cancer Card, right?
    Lots and lots of love to you,
    Lor

  4. jhasak - April 25, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Thanks very much, Lori. My brother and I do share a very close connection that not all siblings are blessed to have. You don’t have to apologize for anything, my dear friend. And you don’t have to use your Cancer Card on me; save it for someone else who might expect it (although I can’t imagine who would). Lots of prayers and love back to you. xxxx Jan

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