As a young girl, I used to look forward to days of being able to watch reruns of Designing Women. I particularly liked the character, Julia Sugarbaker, played by Dixie Carter. Maybe it has something to do with the awful rumour that I am somewhat talkative, but I admired her tenacity. She wasn't easily intimidated and never backed down from an argument and she was highly opinionated. I used to love to watch as she would launch into one of her tirades, rendering anyone who opposed her into a pile of disintegrated debris. Perhaps its because I was never able to do that myself. Oh I talk a good talk, but when it comes to standing up for myself, I get the shakes, my eyes water with tears and the right words never come out. I hate it. Over the years I've grown stronger, but I still can never say exactly what I want to say when I need to. Julia Sugarbaker suffered no such fate.
Now, it is no secret that my son, Shakir, has been blessed with the gift of gab. At the moment, he has absolutely no problem challenging me when he thinks I am being unfair. I spoke to him one time about raising his voice to me and he asked me how I could accuse him of raising his voice when his father in the next room couldn't hear him. Now that's brass. Growing up, I would have gotten floored for something like that. Anyway, it was this morning that his father made the comment that if Shakir were a real super hero, he would certainly wear his enemies down by talking them to death. I got one of those big stupid grins on my face and I told him thanks. It makes sense to me and so I am going to breathe this to life in my little fantasy super hero world.
Most animated hero shows have repeatedly portrayed chatty villains who, before carrying out their heinous plan, would capture the hero and proceed to give length dialogue about their intentions, thereby buying the hero time to escape and defeat them. What if, my super hero son were to turn up and begin his own length dialogue about sporadic and mundane things like the sun being hot and fun facts like the fact that some animals are born blind at first? I think the villain would be thrown off and would actually begin to underestimate the super hero, who would be quite casually boring him to death, or at the very least, distracting him long enough for me to swoop in. I bet the criminal mastermind would beg me to place in prison or in an asylum in solitary confinement. This is worth considering. I really ought to capitalise on this child's expertise.
Allison is mother to two active boys who challenge her on a day to day basis with their escapades. In her other life, Allison juggles a regular day job as a marketing executive in a health food organization. At night, when everyone is asleep, she dreams of being a fulltime writer and super hero.