The password for today is the real heroes.
POSTED 2.25.14 Blog

We live in a world where, when asked about one’s hero in life, you might hear answers such as Snooki, Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato, Spiderman, etc. Of course, there is nothing wrong with having heroes such as these, but my heroes have always been from a different type of world. A world full of characters slightly less glamorous than seen on TV, but supremely real, made of flesh and bones, full of love and life, who are my ultimate inspiration for everything.

I have seen my heroes without makeup; I have seen them when they first wake up in the morning.  I have seen my heroes behaving their absolute craziest and I have seem them dancing on top of chairs in the Dining Hall. Beside my unfailingly generous parents, the rest of my heroes reside throughout their summers at my favorite place in the world, Fleur de Lis Camp. Lady Annalisa taught me that with a terrific sense of humor, all battles can be conquered. Lady Grace helped me understand how everyone makes mistakes and that living in the moment is truly the only way to live. Ladies Sarah and Julia taught me that the bond of friendship is the most important thing we can have and that the most lasting, special memories come from the times when we are at our absolute silliest. To this day, I do not believe that my counselor when I was a first year senior has any idea the incredible impact she has made on my life. Bonding with me about favorite books and TV shows and showing me how age does not need to be a factor in friendship, she led me through my first summer where tears streamed down my face as my mother picked me up at the end of the month. It was the first time I was truly upset to leave camp because I had fallen in love with it.

The definition of a hero is a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. The most admirable people I have ever met have been here are Fleur de Lis. Together, they have shaped me into the person I am today, helping me become more loving, patient, appreciative, and crazy (in the best way) every summer I return. So although, you can, of course, have your hero be an actress, actor, singer, or writer; the truth is you will most likely never meet them. You can read about them or see them on TV, but you will probably never sit down and have an honest conversation with them over grilled cheese sandwiches. I think, at the end of the day, it is always nice to have a hero who you know personally, someone who is just like you, but perhaps with a little more knowledge about life and the best ways to live it.

– Lady Katherine Collier