When I was six years old, I was told a story about a colored man, who was an ordinary school teacher from the east, who went around helping others. It didn’t matter the skin color, he would drop by the houses of the poor folks and offer his services. The interesting thing about this is, he seemed to know what they needed the most. Even the die hearted folks who hated others because of skin color welcomed him. My step-mother used to call him “Leo, The Lion-Hearted”, because he cared for others, and was quick to come to the defense of those who could not defend themselves, no matter the reasons. One day he saw a group of white men beating up a colored man, and because of his courage in helping others, he was recognized, and saved this man’s life. I don’t know if this is a true story, but the telling of it came at a time our courage was failing us, and fear of survival was beating down our spirits.
Leo, in his role in the Writer’s Lounge and interactions with many across the internet reminds me of this man who was once called, “Leo, the Lion-Hearted”. He has the ability to father everyone, no matter the gender or age, and still show respect to everyone and their talent. He has the courage to stick to his convictions as a writer, without attempting in any way to indoctrinate others to his way of thinking. I have never met a young man like him before, especially from across the sea. He is a friend to many, as seen by these guest posts, his following and comments on his various blogs. I have never read a harsh word from him.
I met Leo via Winnie the Poohi when I started my Acrostic Only Blog. Being old and full of years, in my experiences it has been easy to put old folks and their wisdom out to pasture, especially on the internet. But Leo embraces wisdom from all, and one can see it in his writing. He loves to learn new ways of expressing his unique individuality, and gives credit where credit is due. He is a brother to many, a friend to others — and with old ones, such as I, he’s like a caring son. When he supports you, you know you are being supported. Because of his kindness, I am honored to be a part of these celebrations, because he deserves, from his humanitarian actions towards us all, these accolades he is receiving. Know, dear Leo, the Lion-Hearted, you are loved and respected by this old one. Congratulations to you young one, and blessings to you and all those you love!
From Savannah …
My first encounter with Leo was through my sister’s praise of him and the other young folks, she says in a loving way, “from across the sea”. My first interaction with him was when I took over Acrostic Only to help my sister out until she heal. I was very nervous, and thought that I would not be able to do it. But Leo and Tan were very helpful, and made me feel very welcomed. Soon I was handling it like an old pro, that is, according to Amias. If I made a mistake, Leo would kindly tell me without making me feel stupid. You may not know this, but that was very important to me, as I am not a pro on the internet like Amias, and many times I almost gave up.
My sister is a very unique person, in that she has so much love for people she meets on the internet, and calls them her extended family. I used to call her crazy. But now that I have ventured into this world, I truly understand why. Leo is one of the reasons, as his kindness has made me feel so welcomed, and like Amias, I enjoy reading his poetry.
Thank you very much Leo for including us in your celebrations. I to see you as “Leo, the Lion-Hearted“. Congratulations on your accomplishments!