Not many people I know now realize this, but I own a pink super girl cape. I wrote a lot about being a super hero a few years ago on another blog and somewhere along the way, life did it’s thing to my brain and my pink cape went into my closet for a very long time.
Until one night, my youngest human came down, not wanting to sleep, scared of something heinous that small humans often feel scared of. We sat on the stairs and I told him about my pink cape. He had never seen it because the last time I wore it, he was just a tiny bean of a human, only concerned for milk in his belly every 20 seconds and clean pants.
The thing I love about 5 year old humans, is that most of the time they believe what you tell them, especially this one.
I take full advantage of that. Of course. My 15 year old human disapproves. Much like he disapproves of my dancing to Young M.C. and telling him he looks dapper from time to time.
Anyway, we sat on the stairs and I explained that I had a secret and it was time for him to know about it. That in my bedroom closet was a pink cape and well, I am actually a super hero. This is the reason we don’t have any monsters in our house anymore. Because a few years ago, I took care of those guys and they’ve never been back. It’s just what happens when I wear my pink cape.
The look on his face was classic. Belief, and yet disbelief. So I pulled the pink cape out and let him hold it. Wonderment filled his face. He asked a few more questions and went back to bed with no problems. Even though I did tell him it was a secret, I think there was at least one time he slipped up and told someone. That was awkward.
But I digress.
One day after school, he came home with this 100 mask for the hundredth day of school. He told me he was One Hundred Boy.
I asked him what his super powers are. He said he can fly. He can count to 100. He can shoot 100 lasers. And he can fire bend when he sees bad guys. When he makes his fingers like a gun, he can shoot bullets out of his fingers.
And I was never more proud. Because this world is full of heartache, pessimists, jaded people and complacency. If I contribute anything by my time here on earth, let it be a legacy of super heroes. Especially ones who can shoot 100 lasers.