I’ve only been in school for seven days so far. (Okay, I was on vacation one of those days, but who’s counting?) They added four students to my roster in the first three days. Which would have been ok if I hadn’t started with eighteen special ed students. Twenty-two special ed students at the beginning of the year is worthy of a “Wow.”
As in how the heck am I ever going to pull this off? And what the hell am I going to do with we start identifying new students? (I usually get seven or eight new students a year.) I feel overwhelmed. In need of help.
So let’s talk about that. Look around at what’s in ::your:: life right now. What sort of super-hero traits would come in handy? There are so many to choose from, some already ascribed to known super-heroes (because of course they exist.) But what if you could SELF-SELECT your own powers?
Ah. That opens up all sorts of interesting possibilities.
I’ll go first, because, well, it’s my post. I’d like to have cloning powers. Not because two of me is anything short of frightening, but because it is going to take at least two me’s to get around to 22 special ed students. I can only hope when I start cloning myself it isn’t like Multiplicity when every successive clone gets a little dumber. I don’t have that many brain cells left in the original me.
After I clone myself…hmmm…what else? I’ve always thought multiple lives would come in handy. And invisibility whenever I chose it. Omniscience would be good. With all those traits I could walk into the worst neighborhoods, into war-torn countries and snatch kids from dangerous/unfit homes and place them with families who would nurture them.
Bullets wouldn’t necessarily bounce off me. I’d scar. I’d die and be automatically re-born in the same life form. (Is it disturbing that I’ve given this thought?) And I’d carry the scars I’d accumulated, and the memories because I’m a writer and that’s what makes our characters interesting.
So let’s see. What do I have so far? A cloned, automatically reincarnated being with powers of invisibility and omniscience. Not so much to ask, really. I’ll leave the cloaks of utter stupidity and anti-logic vests for the politicians. Wait; it appears they’ve already claimed them 🙂
What would you choose? What super powers could you use right now? What would you use them for? Would they be used for good or for evil? (Because evil could be a whole lot of fun, too!)