I've always laughed at the fact that every waiter at Galatoire's knows my grandfather's name. The restaurant is like his second home. His love of the French Quarter, and everything New Orleans is alive in every conversation one has with him. My grandfather's huge admiration of our city has been extremely influential on my life. I love spending Sunday afternoons in the crowded downstairs of Galatoire's, enjoying traditional New Orleans dishes and observing the diverse people around me. Those simple experiences have provided me with a unique appreciation of our city. I have always felt so lucky to grow up in a place so unique as New Orleans. It isn't until you go to another city that you learn to truly cherish the musicians on each New Orleans street corner or the always friendly people passing by you on Magazine St. Country Day has done nothing short of advancing my love of the city. Country Day's unique focus on arts is one that I believe is essential to any person's education. One of the reasons why New Orleans thrives is because of its rich art culture. By inputting art in to the curriculum as a real class, instead of an elective, we are able to appreciate and understand the arts. By learning to value art, music, and drama, we are able to grasp on to the importance of art to our city. Our city is unlike any other because of aspects such as art, and without the continued appreciation of it, New Orleans would not be admired the way it is today. Country Day does so much to assure that the arts remains an integral part of our education and lives.