I think I might be a superhero.
Now, before you close this browser down because you’re thinking I’m a totalwackadoo, let me explain and you be the judge.
I first noticed my abilities after I had my daughter, Avery. I would bring little toys to the changing table to keep her busyduring diaper changes. Avery was one of those babies who would thrash and scream when touched with a cold baby wipe. (Okay. I did not invest in a wipe warmer. Shoot me.) During diaper changes, Avery wouldknock her toys off the table and mid-butt wipe I would reach down and catch the toy before it hit carpet.I figured it was some maternal/hormonal-type thing happening and never gave it another thought.
About two years ago I was cleaning out the linen closet knee-deep in threadbare towels and used votive candles. Iguess I’d been working too hard because suddenly a huge candle holder shifted and fell off the top shelf. I reached up and caught that puppy before it knocked me senseless.
I remember another time the hubby and I were driving somewhere.Jer was driving andI was in the passenger seat.I saw something moving out ofthe corner of my eye and reached out to grab it beforeit hit Jer in the face. I saved his life, people. Serious superhero material. (Okay, it was just an insurance card which had been stuck up in the visorbut it could have cut his cornea or something.)
I catchdrinking glasses falling out of cupboards, silverware falling off of counters and playdoh falling out of the hall closet. (Okay, maybe I shouldn’t store the playdoh on the top shelf. It’s not necessarily the safest place to keep it.) Wow, I’m discovering all kinds of things about myself, including my apparent disregard for my kids’ comfort and safety.
It didn’t really even hit me that my gifts could be peculiar until I was watching an episode of “Heroes” with Jer. Someone was freezing time or shape-shifting or something and Jer asked, “If you could have a superhero power, what would it be?” I jokingly answered, “Well, mine would probably be magnetic energy since I catch everything that falls.” And then it registered. OH. MY. GOD.I am a superhero.
Now that I know what I am,what do I do with this gift? Do I stalk retirement homes to catch any falling senior citizens? Or maybe I start volunteering my services at expensive glass shops?
No, I’ve got it. I should totally sign up for one of those cash-in-a-booth games. You know the ones where you grab at all the floating cash and get to keep whatever you catch? With my super-hero capabilities I would clean up on a game like that.
It’s odd being a super-hero. I don’t really feel any different. I still feel like the same old Mindy. In fact, I’m now starting to think I’ve imagined the whole thing. I think—oh, sorry. I had to catch a fly.
Oh. My. God. I was right.
That’s too funny. Evidently, everyone I work with seems to think I have superpowers – reading minds – because they expect me to know everything. I don’t, and I have no clue why they would think that.
See? I’m thinking I’m not the ONLY one out there with supernatural powers…I’m just starting the conversation. =)
Omigod Mindy!! I can’t believe I know an actual superhero! I’m so excited!! But you already know about my “spidey senses” so maybe I’m a superhero too. Oh, wow, now we actual have to go out and do something useful with these powers. That’s too much pressure. See what you’ve started???
You know, Spot…I thought about you as I was writing this post. I knew you had your “spidey sense” and thought, if she can come out with her superhero powers, so can I. I’m thinking abour renting myself out. =)
You are so funny,,,who knew you were a superhero in disguise, haha. I have telepathy powers….. you did not know that about me did you? Problem is, my husband’s telepathy power is always on the wrong channel or just plain turned off, haha.
Keep up the good work, love reading your blog everyday!
Thanks Wendy! Okay, you are so going to have to show me your telepathy powers at next book club. Us superheroes have got to stick together! Book club will never be the same… =)
Angelia Sims says
Ohhhhhh, I can’t wait to see your new superhero outfit. What is the design on the front going to be? Like a falling can with a hand? Cool! I can’t believe I know I bonafide hero.
By the way I drop my keys at least five times a day, and Jason does too. Not to mention the iPhone I drowned in the toilet (expensive swim!). Just come live with us. We could really use your help! 🙂
Yep…pretty sure I could help you and Jason out. My skills are that good. And as far as my new outfit? I think the outstretched hand would really sum it all up. And of course it’ll have to be super tight so as not to get in the way of me catching things… =)
No, seriously, that’s a cool trick. I wish I had it. A friend of mine has a theory that everyone has a super power – some are more exciting than others. Mine is being able to tell if something is level without using an actual level.
I like yours better. 🙂
Hey, don’t downplay your skills, Mindee. Being able to level things would certainly come in handy around here! I’m pretty sure my pictures on the wall would benefit… =)
Say, this is really good Mindy. Love visiting your blog. Clever as always, but your having revealed your powers in this particular post….,well,as Spot said, it will be a heavy responsibility to bear, helping mankind with your super powers and all. May I be one of the first to plead for your help? We are in great need out here. We’ve been trying since early spring to get rid of the flies. Since you’ve announced already that you have the power to catch them…., (just thought I’d ask)
Okay, flies are like my specialty so I could definitely help you out. And, it just so happens that I welcome any opportunity to take a mini-vacay…so when do you want me? =)
That’s pretty cool. I want super powers too. How did you catch the fly, with your hands or tongue?
Actually, I have this amazing “towel snap” technique that is fool proof. Pretty sure it’s my super powers that help me hone in on the teeny little fly. =)
That is too cool! So next time I’m about to fall flat on my face, I’ll be looking for you!!
And, given my super powers, I’ll catch you before you hit pavement. =)
Wow, my Hubby and I actually share your superpower. I can catch things, too! But not flies. That’s my Hubby’s job. He gets all Karate Kid on the flies. It’s pretty stinkin’ amazing, if you ask me! 😉
I’m not sure what my superpower would be. Every week, watching Heroes, I think of a new one that I’d like to have. But I don’t think I actually have one. I’ll give it some thought, see what I come up with. 🙂
Oh, I’m sure there’s some superpower in there just dying to get out and unleash itself on the unsuspecting world. Now, are you “hero” or “villain?” =)