Reflections: Who says that superheroes don't exist?

My uncles. They have always treated me with such kindness, compassion and love. What I love most about them is that they have always had the courage to tell me the truth. I know that the origin of truth is love. When you are telling someone the truth it is an act of love. You are saying  you have respect for them and that you care about them. 

I don't have the type of family that hangs out on weekends. I have many friends that do have that type of relationship with their family and I've found myself envying that at times. In my family's case, it's due to distance. We all live far away from each other. Despite the distance in miles, I know one thing for sure.  I can go to any of my uncles and they will listen to me and make time for me because that's the type of persons that they are.

When I was a child, they always made me feel important and they still do. All of them have stepped in at different times of difficulty in my life to let me know that they were there for me. Their words have had stuck in my memory. One of my uncles once told me that "the most important day was today." He made me realize that every day of life was precious. All the time we have for family and friends is valuable because we never know when our time will come.

I remember the time when one of my uncles told me to think twice about making a decision that I was about to make. His advice was to not do it. I listened and I'm forever thankful that I did listen. Another uncle, taught me that it's best not to ever "assume" what people are thinking because chances are you are wrong and you are only causing yourself unnecessary stress. That advice has stuck in my brain ever since. I no longer "assume". It's so liberating to not do so. 

When my uncles say something, they mean it and their intentions are always good. Their courage, strength and honesty has always made me feel incredibly special. 

I have to say that I've had some amazing female role models in my life (as a child and as an adult). I have also had some incredible male role models. Positive males are important in a girl's life too. I have to give credit where credit is due. I dedicate these words to my uncles, my superheroes. Who says that superheroes don't exist?

Priscilla Rice is an actor, poet, mother and aspiring samba dancer. She has appeared in several plays at the Latino Cultural Center and helps coordinate a monthly spoken word event at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center. She studied Broadcast Journalism at The University of Texas at Austin and has worked as a radio news/traffic reporter and assignment editor for various television stations. She currently works as an interpreter/translator. She is originally from Crystal City, TX and resides in Dallas with her son, Leo.

I don't have the type of family that hangs out on weekends. I have many friends that do have that type of relationship with their family and I've found myself envying that at times. In my family's case, it's due to distance. We all live far away from each other. Despite the distance in miles, I know one thing for sure.  I can go to any of my uncles and they will listen to me and make time for me because that's the type of persons that they are.

When I was a child, they always made me feel important and they still do. All of them have stepped in at different times of difficulty in my life to let me know that they were there for me. Their words have had stuck in my memory. One of my uncles once told me that "the most important day was today." He made me realize that every day of life was precious. All the time we have for family and friends is valuable because we never know when our time will come.

I remember the time when one of my uncles told me to think twice about making a decision that I was about to make. His advice was to not do it. I listened and I'm forever thankful that I did listen. Another uncle, taught me that it's best not to ever "assume" what people are thinking because chances are you are wrong and you are only causing yourself unnecessary stress. That advice has stuck in my brain ever since. I no longer "assume". It's so liberating to not do so. 

When my uncles say something, they mean it and their intentions are always good. Their courage, strength and honesty has always made me feel incredibly special. 

I have to say that I've had some amazing female role models in my life (as a child and as an adult). I have also had some incredible male role models. Positive males are important in a girl's life too. I have to give credit where credit is due. I dedicate these words to my uncles, my superheroes. Who says that superheroes don't exist?

Priscilla Rice is an actor, poet, mother and aspiring samba dancer. She has appeared in several plays at the Latino Cultural Center and helps coordinate a monthly spoken word event at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center. She studied Broadcast Journalism at The University of Texas at Austin and has worked as a radio news/traffic reporter and assignment editor for various television stations. She currently works as an interpreter/translator. She is originally from Crystal City, TX and resides in Dallas with her son, Leo.