By Sydney Nocera
Countless girls have older sisters. They take them shopping, lend them their stuff, and help them out. Unfortunately, my sister is younger than me. I have always longer for an older sister, but my camp counselor Perri is just like one. Perri makes me feel good about myself and influences me to be a better person.
I have known Perri for a million years. I had her as a counselor three years – two of which were in a row. I thought I would have her again, but she was snatched from under my nose. She is barely taller than me, and she’s almost 10 years older than me! When I last saw Perri, she had long, luxurious, silky hair to about her shoulders and is waiting for it to grow back. She has really pretty, dark brown eyes. Perri reminds me a lot of myself. She often refers to me as her “mini me” because we look and act alike. Perri is barely taller than me. Perri is always positive and upbeat. I don’t think I’ve ever been around Perri unhappy. She has a really goofy, playful , energetic laugh that I love. It’s not hard to hear, a laugh with Perri is a dime a dozen. She also smells fresh and lovely, like flowers in the rain. Perri represents everything you could ask for: beauty, kindness, charm, brains – although not that last one all the time. One thing I love about Perri is that she went against the camp counselor status quo: instead of teaching us camping skills, she taught us where to apply perfume.
Last summer, we went on two long trips. On my last trip, Perri woke us by barging into our hotel room (letting the door bang shut behind her), tearing open the curtains, and screaming like a cheesy talk show host: “Gooooooooooooood morning!!!! It’s a beautiful day in Ocean City, Maryland!” The sunlight was urging me to wake up. All of my roommates (including me) were super tired. I had to drag myself out of bed to get dressed. However, Perri was acting like me when I found out my favorite John Green book, ‘Paper Towns’ (it’s amazing please read it) was being made into a movie: highly energetic and excitable. We had to get dressed at the speed of sound and rush down to breakfast. Perri is a morning person (in case you couldn’t tell).
Perri is influential to me because she is really supportive. Sometimes, when new girls join camp, they feel like fish out of water. Perri is there to welcome them with open arms. At our camp, we have a 12-foot diving pool called the Icebox. I’m afraid to dive in it. When I was supposed to, Perri was right next to me. Perri has been there for me from when I first learned to swim without holding my nose to when we had our first overnight trip in a hotel without a counselor. They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, well you’ve obviously never met Perri. She is witty, sarcastic, sophisticated, loving, and all around amazing. So, while I only see her in the summer, she is still my older sister. No matter where she is.