Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Superpowers and Shopping Carts

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I'm just going to cut to the chase and admit I'm not the best driver. Honestly, I should have noticed the signs when I hit and knocked over my first lightpole after driving one week at the age of 17. My father certainly knew what he was doing when he gave me a 64 Chevy Impala, because as he so eloquently put it "I'll feel better with a LOT of car around you!"

It's been an uphill ride every since.

I've driven into ditches, have dents in my car from where I hit the bank drive-though windows, have gone the wrong way down one-way streets and ended up on railroad tracks. And my Driver Ed instructor said I'd never pass my road test...

Last week I almost took out my own mailbox next to my driveway trying to prove I could back in to the driveway and not hit my own house. (I took me 8 tries to get the car straight - but I did it!)

Over the last few months I've had several run-ins with grocery store shopping carts (yes there is an "s" at the end of cart.) Not only have I managed to run into them, knock them over, send them shooting clear across the parking lot into some unsuspecting parked car, but I've somehow managed to get one wedged beneath my car. I found this hysterical, my daughter in the passenger seat - did not. (Btw, I do not drive a SUV or a Hummer, but I probably should.)

So the other day when I was asked the innocent question, "what kind of superpower would you want?" my first thought of course was a way to get around that does not involve me behind the wheel.

Now this is my speed! Although it does come with a few drawbacks, like the lack of trunk space (no comments about my trunk, please!) I do love to shop, so how would I get my bags home? And there's my hair...probably wouldn't survive all that wind.

It's still fun to think about and imagine how life would different. If you could pick your own superpower, what would it be? And since we can't really pick powers, as writers we do the next best thing - we give them to our characters!

Have fun today being SUPER!


  1. Hahaha! Great post! I'm still laughing. Now I know not to let you drive me back to my grandma's house when I come visit. :P :D

    Hmm. Superpowers. I wish I could be super self-motivated. I know that's not a FUN superpower, but it's something to boost my real life. In my fantasies... I would like to be able to travel molecularly. A quick visit to my sisters or extended family would take a blink of an eye. Spend a day and return home the same way. No plane tickets, no gas mileage...

  2. LOL, I'm still trying to imagine a shopping cart stuck UNDER a reasonably sized sedan.

    Thanks for the laugh, I certainly needed it :-D