When you’re a child, your heroes are bright, flashy and strong. They wear the coolest outfits, have the most awesome powers and save the world one problem at a time. My 3-year-old son, Preston, is obsessed with superheroes, so it was only fitting that we went to the Women for Harding’s Princess and Superhero Party this past Saturday.
Dressed as Buzz Lightyear, Preston got to meet all of his favorite superheroes — Captain America, Spiderman, Batman, Superman and Mr. Incredible.
There were crafts, games and snacks. Preston made his own Captain America shield, lifted weights with Mr. Incredible, and honed his spidey senses with Spiderman. He was thrilled to get to be on campus because Harding is the epitome of cool in his eyes.
I found myself focused on a different set of heroes, though. First, there were the Women for Harding who had prepped and planned the entire event. There were goodie bags to be filled, crafts to be cut, games to be organized, decorations to be hung and food to be made — not to mention cleaning it all up afterward. Looking at all the hard work that went into the day, I felt like it would be easier to leap a tall building or run faster than a speeding bullet. But these women did it all without any super powers.
Secondly, there were the princesses and superheroes themselves, whose alter egos are Women for Harding scholarship recipients. They spent their Saturday signing autograph books, posing for pictures, and making each child feel like royalty. All of the proceeds from the event went to fund more scholarships so incredible students like these can pursue a Christian education.
Judging by how readily Preston took a nap when we got home and how many times he asked if we were going to see Captain America at Harding again, I’d say the day was a success to him. And seeing the smiles on everyone else’s faces, I think that was true for the event as a whole.
Jennifer Hannigan, copy editor/writer