Quoted from Lilian Jackson Braun's book, "The Cat Who Said Cheese".
Emily Dickinson, we need you!
"I'm nobody. Who are you?" said this prolific American poet.
I say, "God give us nobodies! What this country needs is fewer celebrities and more nobodies who live ordinary lives, cope bravely, do a little good in the world, enjoy a few pleasures, and never, never get their names in the newspaper or their faces on TV."
We crave heroes to admire and emulate, and what do we get? A parade of errant politicians, mad exhibitionists, wicked heiresses, overpaid athletes, untalented entertainers, non-authors of non-books...
Collecting nobodies makes a satisfying hobby. Unlike diamonds, they cost nothing and are never counterfeited. Unlike first editions of Dickens, they are in plentiful supply. Unlike Chippendale antiques, they occupy no room in the house.
How do you recognize a nobody? You see a stranger performing an anonymous act of kindness and disappearing without a thank-you. You hear spontaneous words of wit or wisdom from an unlikely source. I remember an elderly man walking with a cane in downtown Pickax when the wind velocity was forty miles an hour, gusting to sixty. We sheltered in a doorway, and he said, "The wind knocked me down in front of the courthouse, but I don't mind because it's part of nature."
I began my own collection of nobodies Down Below, my first being a thirteen-year-old boy who did all the cooking for a family of eight. The next was a woman bus driver who set her brakes, flagged down another bus, and escorted a bewildered passenger onto the right one.
One word of caution to the novice collector of nobodies: Avoid mentioning your choice collectibles to the media. If you do, your best examples will become celebrities overnight, and there's no such thing as a prominent nobody. End
I have started my own collection and my first is a sixteen-year-old young man who I recently met who has his own computer business and has gone out of his way to help me with my computer, lives at home, does homeschooling because he says "the world is crazy and I learn more at home". He works hard and is a genuine nobody hero.
Please feel free to tell us about your collection of nobodies but remember NO NAMES as we don't want the media to find them!