We're waking up this morning to scenes of devastation and heartbreak in Oklahoma.
The media are talking about the difficult and heroic work being done by first responders -- police, firefighters, EMT and medical personnel, and neighbors helping neighbors, strangers helping strangers. Bad things often bring out the best in us.
It's clear that there's another group of heroes who deserve our praise and thanks -- teachers and school personnel. With two schools hit during yesterday's tornado, it was teachers who stood the front line for our children.
We entrust the most precious things in our lives -- our children -- to teachers. In normal times, they do the heroic job of teaching our kids the 3Rs and lots more ... teamwork, good behavior, self-esteem.
But in the face of danger -- be it yesterday's tornado or last December's terror at a school in Newtown, Conn. -- the true heroism of our teachers shines brightly. We're hearing stories of teachers who shielded their students from falling debris with their own bodies and teachers who stayed with their kids until they were reunited with their parents rather than rushing off to check on their own families and homes.
We don't thank them enough, these everyday heroes.