Boy and I got married less than a year ago, so we’re not particularly interested in having kids anytime soon, but over the Christmas break, we met up with Boy’s brother and his wife.
(For the sake of privacy on this blog, I’m pseudonaming everyone so in this particular case, I’m pseudonaming Boy’s brother Logan (after Wolverine from X-Men) and Boy’s brother’s wife Charlotte (after Charlotte from Sex and the City).
Anyway, Logan and Charlotte are older than us, have been married longer than us, and have many friends with children, so they are much more on the baby train than we are. Over the break, the topic of their friends’ babies came up and we got to talking about names. One friend’s last name was Dark, another Steele, so because we are all pretty much superhero geeks, we found ourselves joking about those two kids growing up as best friends, only to become enemies when the Steele boy gained superpowers through an industrial smelting accident*.
Then we started to wonder about our own kids in the same context as Boy and Logan do kind of have a superheroy last name. I mean, I would hope that the superpower wasn’t the result of some horrible disfiguring accident, some horrifying childhood trama or at the expense of the planet blowing up, but if your kid had to have a superpower, what would be the best one to have?
Boy flipflopped on this one, going through firebreathing and sponatenous hamster generation before settling on “Firing metal shrapnel from their fingertips” (can you tell he enjoys violent video games?), but I think I’d be more into the idea of something like traveling through blinking a la I Dream Of Genie because:
a) It would be less hazardous if it misfired.
b) It would save us a lot of money on vacations. Paris in a blink!
However, we don’t live near a nuclear waste dump so this is probably impossible . . . right? 😛
*No offense to the Dark kid, but with that last name, chances of him being the supervillain of the pair just seemed more probable.