I have a few thoughts bouncing around my head today.
And they all kinda come together in this story.
One which I know doesn’t hold too too much weight now (Im
woman misfit enough to realize at this point she’s merely parroting what she’s heard) but one I pray is indicative of whom the Tornado will grow to be.
This week the Tornado ran around the park with a towel tucked into the back of her shirt (it’s already hot as the proverbial mo’fo in Texas. Id complain but it was freeeeezing in NYC last week and I whined about that, so…)
She climbed, swung, jumped, ran, skipped, rolled, & cheered (herself on).
One of the fathers approached her, touched the towel and asked if it were her cape.
After she nodded he inquired if she were Super Girl.
She said no.
He asked if she were Superman.
She shook her head.
He ran through a litany of superheroes (some of whom Id never heard of) & the Tornado stubbornly informed him each time that was not who she was.
When he finally asked her: What superhero are you then?
She exclaimed “Im my own superhero!!!” & ran off to play.
As members of my tribe say: I KVELLED.
And then I prayed.
I prayed that this seemingly insignificant exchange might be the spark which ignites the flame of her truly believing she is her own superhero.
The start of the realization everything she needs already exists within her & merely awaits her discovery.
Even on my worst days I know Im my own superhero if only by virtue of the fact that I find it within myself to keep on keepin’ on.
And on my best days? I KNOW Im my own damn superhero because I know I have the power to move mountains.
I know there’s nothing I cant do if I try (you know, due to my superhero status) and Im not afraid to try.
Please to indulge the Tornado and me.
Please to compliment yourself.
How have you acted as your own superhero lately?
What have you done which even *you* almost weren’t certain you could?
Or, if you dare say you’ve NOT been your own superhero as of late, how will you make time & effort this weekend to don a virtual (or literal!) cape?
Please to hit us all up (with specific, concrete experiences or intentions) in the comments.
Thanks to your support I won some money from Fila in addition to the Real Women model experience. After food, childcare, airport parking, food etc I still had some left. One USA/Canada winner will receive an 100.00 Visa gift card from my stash. Use it for your cape or use it to remind someone else of her superhero status. Winner announced May 9th 2011.