There’s a new Special Needs Mama column up at Literary Mama called “Special Needs Action Hero.” Which got me thinking about the Super Powers I wish I had–all the usual ones, like Super Strength and Super Speed and maybe extra arms, too. I’d like the ability to clone myself and maybe stretch really far like Elastigirl from The Incredibles.
While I’m at it, I’d like to be able to teleport from one place to another, like in Star Trek, and I’d also really like to be able to wiggle my nose like in Bewitched, and voila! My whole house is clean, or whatever.
But the one I want most of all is the Super Power to go back in time, like when Superman would fly super fast around the earth and then get a do-over. I’d use my do-overs often, but maybe not for what you might think. I wouldn’t change that moment in time when the twins were conceived. Or the sunny, early summer morning when my pregnancy ended early. Or the noisy, busy afternoon in the NICU when we got Avery’s diagnosis.
No, what I would change are moments like this: I would never have gone into the chapel and subjected Avery to the failed hearing test. I wouldn’t have taken Carter with me to the grocery store the day the bakery lady said horrible things to us. And I’d erase all the times when my actions, or words, didn’t reflect what I truly felt in my heart.