As the mother of two boys, superheroes are often on my mind (and on the floor, and under the table, and wedged between sofa cushions). Â This is one of the many discoveries of parenthood; as a kid myself, my own tastes ran more towards Barbie and Strawberry Shortcake than Batman and Spiderman, so the whole Marvel thing is pretty new to me. Â But I have to say, there’s something pretty cool about these charactersÂ and all their superhuman powers.
And all this leads to an irresistibleÂ question:Â If I myself could possess any Â set of superpowers, which onesÂ would I choose?Â
Obviously, if this were a real choice I’d go for the big ones, like curing cancer or ending child exploitation or global warming. Â But once those powers were firmly established, there are still some secondary superpowers I’d like to have. These are powers that would exist simply to make my life as a working mom a little bit easier. Â (I can dream, can’t I?)
Here they are, in no particular order.
*The ability to findÂ an available parking space just by thinking about it, even in the most crowded lot (particularly when a small passenger has just informed that he really REALLY needs to use the toilet).
*Related power: The ability to snap my fingers and clean even the most noxiously disgusting public restroom.
*The power to bilocateÂ (neededÂ for the days when the boys are on vacation and I, alas, Â am not.)
*X-ray vision so as to immediately locateÂ the miniscule Lego figure that is lost somewhere in the snarl of our messy house and whose discovery is absolutely critical to a small boy’s happiness. (Couldn’t they make those guys bigger? Â Outfit them with Â GPS tracking devices? )
*The power to make all airline flights run on time. Â (If you’ve ever been delayed in an airport with small kids, you know thatÂ everyÂ minute feels like a week).
*Super-elasticity, so I could make the bunk beds withoutÂ flirting with back injury
*The power to freeze time, for those moments when your child does something heart-stoppingly earnest or sweet or touching. Â (If only we could, right?)
I’m sure I’ll think of more, but that’s my first pass at the list. What are the superpowers thatÂ YOU long to have?