Walter Nuñez is not your average person. He defies common conventions, and any attempt to accurately catalogue or describe the inner workings of his psyche are utterly in vain. His thoughts are too complex to comprehend. His simplest statements too rabbit-trailed to track. His movements too quick to follow. His skills too numerous to count. His kindnesses too kind to imitate. His faith so firm and so grounded, people should call him Peter—the rock.
Actually, having observed him for some time, it is my opinion that Peter is, in reality, his true name. His secret identity. Yes indeed, friends, I do believe I’ve found the man behind the myth. And he goes by the name Walter. (I suppose you could say it’s his secret life?)
My only problem with my theory is that I can’t quite tell which myth he is. He’s definitely either Peter Parker (yes, the hero otherwise known as Spider-Man), or Peter Pan: the ever-youthful, ever-unpredictable, ever-positive guardian of Neverland.
Don’t believe me? Fair enough. But read on, reader, and see if you can maintain your skepticism after hearing more about this surprise-filled Mr. Nuñez…
The seventeen-year-old was born in Lansing, Michigan, and now lives in Saint Johns, which is about half an hour’s drive from Lansing. He is currently in his fourth year of high school, and is the Second-In-Command of his four siblings. He has one older sister and three younger brothers, all of whom he proclaims to be the coolest of siblings.
Walter-Peter enjoys all kinds of music, as long as it has a solid melody, good harmony, and quality lyrics. He lists Oldies music, Christian, and Christian Rap among his favorite genres, but he also listens to opera, classical, and pop. His absolute, number-one favorite group is for KING & COUNTRY, with The Gray Havens, GAWVI, and Hillsong United being a few of his other preferred artists.
His favorite movies are Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron; The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; Gladiator; Braveheart; and Watership Down (2018). On the literary side of things, he enjoys The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas); The Princess and the Goblin (George MacDonald); Alice in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll); and The Horse and His Boy (C.S. Lewis).
Walter is admittedly “super messy”, and describes his room as “an obstacle course”. He’s taken MBTI personality tests that have usually told him that he is an ENFP—sometimes an ENTP—but Walter does not fit in these boxes. Walter does not fit in any box. Trying to put him in one is like trying to gift wrap hot water (which if you haven’t tried before, don’t. Just don’t). Rather, Walter describes himself by saying that if he were a dessert, he’d be a chocolate-chip cookie. If he were a Disney Princess, he’d be Anna. If a car: a 2012 Mustang. A gun? Khopesh. (Yes, that’s a sword, not a gun. Gift-wrapping water, remember?) Notice he does not say what superhero or male Disney star he’d be. Very clever, Walter-Peter, but we’re on to you.
Walter is a runner, and a competitive one at that. He loves running really fast—but only under the right circumstances. Only when there’s a soccer ball involved. (Or perhaps a supervillain?) He loves playing soccer, reading books, listening to music, and spending time with friends. He also enjoys looking for patterns in systems he observes, and finding alternate, less conventional paths to follow. Walter drops smiley faces anywhere he has the opportunity to (or multiple smiley faces, if he can get away with it). Also, he has red hair, which he says has “gotta be the source of [his] wildness.” By the way, Peter Pan has red hair too. Coincidence? I think not.
The unpredictable Walter hates math, but wants to become an architectural engineer; to do so, he plans to study at a community college for two years, and then pursue a Master’s degree in Architectural Engineering from Lawrence Tech University.
Walter’s two favorite Bible verses are Hebrews 13:8 and 2 Timothy 1:7, which tell us that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever,” and “the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline”—both profound and encouraging messages that serve as much-needed reminders when the world closes in on us as believers.
As a closing remark, Walter wants to leave readers with the following message: “God is the same all the time and so we gotta make sure to live every moment faithfully, but we should also live with joy and fervor. Do the things you believe you oughta do to the best of your ability and always be joyful.”
Whether he or not is in fact a red-masked superhero or red-haired Disney character in disguise, Walter Nuñez is an inspiring person to talk to, to listen to, and to watch movies about, because let’s face it, he’s definitely one of the two. Or… maybe he’s both..?
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Um, Superpowers, I Guess?:
• Favorite Color: Cerulean—the soul-and-heart-piercing blue color of the ocean
• TPS Class 2018-19: English 6: College American Literature and Composition
• Either his web-swinging is Olympic-grade smooth, or he can fly (♩ he can fly, he can fly, he can fly, he can flyyyyy ♩)