Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Super Powers

One time I went to this camp where they accidentally put me in a class about super heros. There were only 4 other people in there and the counselor that was leading it was really nice so I felt too bad about pointing out the mistake and making them switch me. I'm pretty sure everyone in the class wished I'd asked to be switched out because it quickly became obvious I had zero knowledge of super heros and belonged in one of the many other classes.

We did do one really cool thing in the class though and that's create our own super heros. Mine was called The Pointer, and she was a ballerina (get it? like pointe shoes. Yeah I thought I was cleaver.) She wore a pink glittery tutu complete with a tiara and a wand. Essentially she was the type of super hero a 4 year old girl would dream up, which would have been totally normal except I was 12 years older than that. The only redeeming quality of my superhero in the eyes of my class was her super power. The Pointer could understand and speak all languages. This totally original super power was deemed "cool" enough that they over looked the fact that I was convinced the Green Lantern was a villain (he's actually a super hero too. Who knew?)

If I could have any super power now that'd be the one I would want. Maybe it's because even after 4.5 years of Spanish classes I still can't even order a meal in Spanish, but I have a serious desire to understand foreign languages. In my opinion it's a little rude that in so many other countries people speak multiple languages and here we struggle with proper English. I've never been out of the United States and part of the reason is because I don't want to go to a foreign country and have to stick to all the touristy things because I'm a "dumb American" who only understands English. I took French for one year in high school and was obsessed with it to the point where I would sometimes dream in French. I invested in some French songs for my ipod and could understand movies without the subtitles for the most part. I seriously regret not taking more classes in college.

I've always been interested in the ways people communicate whether it be a different regional dialect, completely foreign language, or something completely different like sign language. One of my very favorite classes I took in college was a beginning sign language class. It was so interesting and I seriously wish I'd had the opportunity to take more classes. I still remember enough to communicate at a basic level when we've had deaf guests come into work, which was such a cool experience.  Communication is such a basic thing for humans yet the ways we communicate are so completely different from one person to the next, and being able to understand all those ways would be the best super power.


This was the Blog Everyday in July topic for the 5th, but we all know there is about a zero percent chance  of me writing a post on a Saturday. So like I always say, this is my blog and I do what I want, and today I wanted to write about this topic a few days late.


  1. Just the other day I was chatting with my mom about super powers (SO random). My perfect super power? The ability to eat all the horribly fattening, greasy food you want and gain no weight. As a matter of fact, I would want to have the power to make it really nutritious and good for me. Only in my adult years have I realized how perfect this super power would be!

  2. What a cool super power. I have always loved languages as well. It's unfortunate that we didn't have opportunities to learn them when we were younger. It's so hard to learn a new language once we hit that high school/college age!

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