Heroes – Friday, August 22nd, 2014 (Kid’s soccer camp talk)
Me: Hey guys I’m Andre.
Computer: …and I am Ryan, Andre’s trusty and hardworking sidekick… “his computer”…and this other fine “human” “…person” “being…” is Andre’s assistant. How are you all doing today?
“Cool, well, Andre is 24 years old, he has a disability called Cerebral Palsy, and he talks differently which is why he takes me out places.”
“I like to think that we’re sorta like Batman and Robin, which brings me to why we’re here, Andre and I made a comic book about a normal guy named Cal, who has a disability, and eventually discovers that he also has superpowers. We are here today to talk with you about real life superheroes.”
“Can anyone give us an example of a real life hero and/or heroine, and what makes them one?”
Anyone can be a hero or heroine, and Andre and I both agree on this, because it’s not who you are, or having a “special” ability that makes you a hero, it’s what you do…Just imagine I had hands, and was able to put air quotes around the word “special,” alright? “…No, wait, scratch that…” “Don’t imagine me with hands, that’s just silly! Who has ever heard of a computer with hands?!”…
“…Anyway, back to what I was saying, Bruce Wayne didn’t become Batman because he had rich parents, he became Batman to…”
“Does anyone know why Bruce turned himself into the well-known hero?”
Due to the way his parents were killed, Wayne dedicated his life to fighting crime, so no one else would have to lose their mum and dad in the way that he lost his. He wasn’t born with superpowers, or special abilities, but that didn’t stop him from putting away bad guys, and it hasn’t yet.
“Similarly, Peter Quill, (or “Star-Lord” as he likes to be called,) from the Guardians of the Galaxy is “only” human, and doesn’t have special powers. Air quotes around “only.” However, he doesn’t give up, and when life throws him a curve ball, he just rolls with it, and continues on.”
“So, if you were to ask Andre and I for our definition of a hero, we’d say that there are several different types of heroes, and many of them go unnoticed, and don’t wear flashy costumes. They are everyday people like Andre and all you, who stands up for the underdog, and doesn’t give up even through the toughest times.”
Before Andre and I go, we would like to leave you with a quote from one of the best Batman movies ever made.
“A hero can be anyone. Even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a young boy’s shoulders to let him know that the world hadn’t ended.” – Batman, The Dark Knight Rises. We would also like to offer you the time to ask Andre questions, and if you don’t understand him please don’t be afraid to ask him to repeat himself.
“By everyone! I shall leave you in Andre’s capable hands, “‘cause just between you and I, he feels a little left out when I do all the talking.”
Me: Thanks Ryan!
Computer: …No problem, buddy. Just trying to keep it real!