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Superpower March 2, 2011

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When I was offered a superpower—flight or invisibility—I chose flight, not only because I had perfected invisibility by middle school, but because I was a bird nerd with a dream.

Like most people, I didn’t consider using my newfound power for good or evil. I thought only of myself. I wanted to fly. I wanted the speed I couldn’t muster in flying dreams. I wanted to fly with the birds.

There were complications, of course.

First: preparation. I get the cold-hands-and-feet thing. Add elevation and wind chill, and I knew I better be prepared: lots of layers and those chemical hand-warmer thingies.

Second: performance anxiety. Where and when could I practice without being noticed? Remember, I don’t like to draw attention to myself. Big Flying Person isn’t invisible (although flying away could be part of an overall invisibility strategy). I couldn’t practice at night, of course, because, well, I don’t have enhanced vision. I don’t even have great vision.

So I found some sparsely populated canyons. (Catching thermals with vultures is as awesome as you’d imagine.) I found big open fields. I practiced in crepuscular hours.

And when fall arrived and Canada geese began to flock, I took off with them. First, I stayed at the back of the V. I had to learn how to move when they shifted positions, but this gaggle was surprisingly forgiving—not at all like the gym teachers of my youth. The views were spectacular. The air was cold, and I was grateful for my goggles and knit cap and lip balm.

Eventually, the goose to my left looked me in the eye and motioned me forward. I stole a glance at the waterway and knew I could follow it. I pushed into the lead position and prayed to get through my turn before the river disappeared.

Comments»

1. Bridgett - March 2, 2011

Nice.

I love that debate.

2. Craig (Maito Sewa Yoleme) - March 2, 2011

I thought that was you during the last Canada goose migration!

3. Lali - March 2, 2011

I like the vision of you with lip balm, flying with the geese. I wonder if they wished they had some too?

4. helen - March 2, 2011

How delightful!

But Canada geese? You’re hanging out with a bad crowd…

5. Dona - March 2, 2011

And I thought this was going to be about cartwheels!

6. Mali - March 3, 2011

Oh, how wonderful. If you can cope with the distance, I expect I’ll see you here in spring!

7. Deloney - March 11, 2011

Smiley smile with a feather in my cap.


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