What's YOUR Superpower?
SuperPowers/Princess Powers—Yes That Can Be A Thing Too
Instagram is a funny thing. I’m still getting used to the ‘ways’ of this form of social media. The ironic thing for me is that I have a bird necklace. It’s cute and silver and it’s the TWITTER bird, I think. I just thought it was cute, and rather than get a bird necklace on Etsy that showcased me as the Mama bird with my three baby birds, I liked the simplicity of this one bird. It wasn’t until several months later that I realized it was the Twitter bird. And I don’t tweet. The irony for me? Before I joined Instagram, I wasn’t really on social media. Sure I have a Facebook account. But sometimes I’ll go on there twice a year, sometimes I’ll go once a week, sometimes I’ll go every day for a week then forget about it for ten months.
However, I started an IG account when I started this blog several months ago and I’ve found this wonderful ‘Bookstagram’ community. No, I have nowhere near the following that other people have, but I’m okay with that. I’m just enjoying other people’s mutual appreciation of books. Yes, I really am a bookworm at heart.
Rambling aside, I have no idea how Instagram followers find other people, but I randomly happen upon accounts. And, notwithstanding the odd custom of following to unfollow, I don’t tend to follow people just so they’ll notice me. Earlier this week, however, someone ‘liked’ one of my squares, and I found something interesting.
[PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS ISN’T AN AD]
I found this awesome shirt on @freetobekids that says “Love is my superpower”. It’s like they read my mind!
Why? Every single time a patient comes in to see me wearing Frozen gear, I have the same sets of questions for them. It goes something like this:
Dr. Bookworm: Oh, you like Frozen?
Patient: (usually silently nods or rambles about the movie for a bit)
Dr. B: Who is your favorite sister?
Pt: Elsa (9 times out of 10, it’s Elsa)
Dr. B: Who do you think has better powers?
Pt: Elsa…because she freezes things.
Dr. B: But Anna has a better super power.
Pt: (Stares at me blankly because they don’t know what I’m talking about.)
Pt’s parent: (Stares at me blankly because they don’t know what I’m talking about.)
Dr. B: You didn’t know that Anna has a super power?
Dr. B: Anna has the power of...LOVE! Anna shows her sister unconditional love—that she loves her no matter what. So that’s why Anna is my favorite.
Two reactions: they either giggle or stare at me blankly. But secretly they are thinking that they still chose the better sister.
I likely have gone through this scenario no less than a hundred times. And, so far, only one of my patients has told me that Anna has the power of love before I get to my ‘punchline’. Clearly she’s a kindred spirit.
Anyway, I saw this “Love is my super power” shirt and I immediately interrupted Mr. Bookworm’s writing to tell him. Then I had a mini-rant about how they don’t come in adult sizes. Until I realized that they DO come in adult sizes. Guess what’s in my shopping basket now?
Maybe I should be designing t-shirts as a side job. Think my sis (an artist and graphic designer) might help me out? :D
PS If you haven't seen on Instagram, we had a winner for our 12 Must-Have Picture Books Themed Giveaway. We randomly chose a name out of a hat (AKA Star Wars bowl) from all the entries and Cara P won! Her copy of April and Esme Tooth Fairies by Bob Graham should be arriving to her tomorrow. Congratulations, Cara!