Tuesday, August 29, 2006
From Wonder Woman to Bat Girl ... a paradigm shift
Ever since I was a little girl watching from my window as Superman swooped down and time after time saved our fair city or at times the entire world ... I dreamed of being a superhero's sidekick. Sigh ...
As I grew older I knew that if I really wanted to make a difference in the world I could not wait around for a full-fledged superhero to find and recruit me to liberate the planet alongside him. Lives needed to be saved and evil men and women brought to justice. So I donned my bullet-proof bracelets and fastened on my Lasso of Truth and went to work. (Saving the world is often such a thankless occupation but rewarding, nonetheless.)
But now, Dear Diary, I've met a real-life superhero. We're a team ... able to do so much more good together than apart. A dream come true ...
I find, however, that my brain is having difficulty wrapping itself around the concept of being a sidekick. I was good at what I did ... at a moment's notice I could leap over a building, punch a terrorist's lights out, tie him up, and be gone before the authorities came to bring him in. Perhaps it all went to my head ... the parades, the Time magazine covers, the little girls who wanted to be just like me. I was Wonder Woman ... now am I to be content with being Bat Girl?
WHAT AM I THINKING?!! When he and I work together it's more rewarding than any evil mastermind scheme I've ever foiled. He loves me. He respects me and relies on my powers and experience to complete him. I am no longer merely the world's superhero ... but I am also HIS superhero ... and he is mine. I would gladly hand my lasso down to my protege to wear the black cape. (I might like to keep the bracelets as a keepsake, however.)