Somehow the other day, I got to thinking about Mel Gibson. Not the Mel Gibson of the anti-Semitic slurs, but the young Mel Gibson who showed his bare butt in every film. That version of Mel Gibson I loved (and not just for his body) … until I watched What Women Want.
It didn’t live up to its potential. What a waste of a good idea! I felt he had jumped the shark with that one, and his work really went downhill after that.
Thinking about the movie got me thinking about what if someone really did have the superpower of being able to read minds.
I’d feel sorry if they got into mine. It bounces all over the place! Rather than being a soothing stroll in the park, viewing the sights, it’s a lot more like Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. I really love that ride at Disneyland. Well, I didn’t the first time, Ma assures me I was scared to death by all the things popping out at me in the near dark. Hmmmm … I wonder if it was the same trip where Ma took me on the tea cups and got our cup spinning so fast that I passed out.
See what I mean about my brain?
Ultimately, though, I think mind reading could be pretty boring. Heaven knows I was disappointed after my French got good enough for me to eavesdrop on conversations in that language. There were lots of little kids whining, and people planning what they want to see the next day. No good gossip, and not once were they ever talking about me! What’s the point of listening in if you don’t get to hear juicy stuff?
If I got to choose my superhero power, it would be flying, but only if no one else could. I have enough trouble driving where I’m only dealing in two planes. Adding a third would really hurt my brain. I remember being a little girl, probably kindergarten or first grade, when I got it in my head that I could fly. In the backyard I would run as fast as I could and then jump, getting into the Superman pose just before hitting the ground. Attempt after attempt, I would run and jump … and go thud. I was sure that if I could run fast enough and get in the right position, I would be airborne. I got bored before I figured it out.
What would be your super power? or Did you ever think you could fly?