I was trying to develop a story in my head in response to Teresa’s prompt for today. However, I didn’t like my story. So while I was doing my ironing just now, an entirely different story came into my head which I vastly preferred. Who would have thought ironing could be such an inspiration?
Your challenge today, should you accept it, is to save the world. Write your take on the fantasy subgenre of Superhero and see where it leads…or whatever/wherever the prompt takes you:
Tough genre for me today, simply because I think that superheroes are so overrated! Seriously. I have no time for them at all! But I wanted to make an attempt, and the photo Teresa included gave me an idea.
“Charlie, what would do you want to be when you grow up?” asked Miss Cromwell.
Charlie thought about the question and then responded, “When I grow, I want to be a superhero!”
Charlie’s teacher encouraged Charlie to explain his goal, “Why do you want to be a superhero Charlie?”
“Because I want to save the world!”
“That’s fabulous! How do you think you will save the world when you are a Superhero? Will you have special powers? Will you be able to fly? Will you be stronger than the baddies? Or faster? Or will you have some other unique ability that makes you a Superhero?”
Baffled by his teacher’s questions, Charlie proclaimed, “What are you talking about Miss? Don’t you know what makes a real superhero?”
“What would you say makes a real superhero?”
“Well, my Dad says that we can all be superheros and save the world if we look after one another and look after our planet. That means doing what we can to protect our air, our oceans and rivers and the wonderful natural world around us. It also means helping other people in need.”
Miss Cromwell was delighted with Charlie’s statement, “That’s a wonderful outlook, Charlie. The world definitely needs more superheros like that!”
“Being a superhero can be tough Miss, because there is a lot of discouragement out there. A lot of people don’t really care about saving the world, they only care about themselves. You need to be strong when there is so much negativity around you. So to be a real superhero, you have to stay optimistic and you need big dreams. It’s important to keep your dreams alive.”
“I hope you become a real superhero Charlie. Perhaps you will be famous one day and I hope lots of other children grow up wanting to be just like you.”
“But Miss, real superheroes don’t try to save the world so that they can get glory and attention. A real superhero is motivated by love. That’s what will save the world Miss, a lot of unselfish love. Love for our wonderful human family and for the beautiful planet that we live on.”
Feeling quite humbled, Miss Cromwell batted a few tears from her eyes, “That’s so wonderful Charlie! You are right, the world needs more love.”
“A real superhero isn’t stronger, faster or better than other people. A real superhero has real unselfish love and wonderful dreams of a better world where every creature alive is able to thrive!”