November 7, 2013 by Katia
When I was a little girl, I used to enjoy the company of my paper dolls, Barbies and collection of My Little Pony. Super Heroes were not really a presence in my life other than that one time my mom used Superman in a cautionary tale context, telling me about the little boy who wanted to fly just like him. Message internalized. I’ve never aspired to be a super hero. Imagine my surprise when I became one.
I remember well, as one would, the first time I was confronted with my newly acquired super powers. That particular AHA moment occurred at the Ben Gurion airport in Israel when I was catching a tray with some tea and a croissant making its way towards me mid-air. True story. And all that after a sleepless night at the airport with a ten-month-old, I might add. When the server was congratulating me on a nice save I was right there with him, mentally adding a “WTF?” to the above.
Since then I’ve discovered the origins of my super powers. Want super powers too? The good news: it CAN be done. The bad news: you have to push out a person first or find someone who will do it for you.
The super powers moms develop are an evolutionary necessity. A survival tool. I don’t care if you’ve been working for years on perfecting your symbiosis with the couch like I have, once your one-year-old launches his hand toward the toilet where your four-year-old has been comfortably sitting for a while, you find your speed of light reaction.
Here are some of the super powers that are required of moms:
- Speed of light reaction. Because you don’t really want to let the toilet scenario or this one play itself out.
- Being at several places at the same time. You would think this super power serves moms with more than one child but let me introduce you to Four Year Old. Try telling him that you can’t serve his hot chocolate because you’re currently busy attending to his other request to watch something on Netflix. He will tell you you need to be more like an octopus.
- Elastic limbs to allow you to hold the fridge door closed with you foot while making hot chocolate, because:
- Carrying three plus conversations at the same time while being one.
What super powers have you discovered in yourself that you were not aware of?
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