Fix it. Make it better. Kiss it better. Make it go away. Make it happen. Parenting requires a constant fully-loaded arsenal of heroic powers.
My children, if you are reading this, as a yellowing, frayed page of the internet in twenty years, I am no hero in the ‘super’ sense. For reference, Iron Man and Batman have always been my favourite of those, but you’ll know this because, hopefully, we’ll have watched them both together and I’ll have told you why. But I’m not like them. However, should you need me to, I will swoop from a Gotham tower, and smother you in kisses, any time you require.
My children, if you are reading this, as above, you will also remember that your mummy studied Classics at University. It’s a degree subject soaked in history, myth and epic poetry, which gave the world the word hero. Not to bore you, but the traditional greek hero of Homeric times would’ve been unimpressed to see Spiderman agonise over Mary Jane, or Wolverine worry about his anger management. These would be distraction for the original superheroes – Greek heroes only had one concern, their honour (click on this link if you want a potted heroic definition). The fought for their honour. They honoured their families. They honoured their homes and their communities.
And that’s where I could be your hero, my babies. Because being your mother is the biggest honour, and I will do anything to uphold it. You give me my super powers. Fixing it, making it better, kissing it better, making it better and making it go away for you is a hard, hard slog. I need a lot of mental power and emotional strength to do it in a way that doesn’t make me feel like a guilty failure sometimes, but, it is a huge honour.
I will always try to save you. I hope I don’t ever have to save you from the Green Goblin or Loki, but, if we meet foes, we’ll meet them together. Maths was a big foe of mine. I’ll do my heroic best to help you beat that sucker! If we meet bumps in the road, I will shield you from the bad stuff but expose you to how to fix it together, and it will be my honour to do so.
Like any decent hero, I’ve tried to surround you with equally heroic folk who can impress you with their courage and skills (obviously your dad was chosen off the internet for these precise qualities).
I will not let you believe that heroes don’t exist, ancient, modern, or otherwise. And that will be my superpower, and my honour.
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