This article from the Reflections of a Grady Doctor blog on my sidebar today reminded me of a conversation I recently had with a friend. We were joking about the craziness of the standard 'mom schedule' and what superpowers would make it all easier (how much would I love having the ability to teleport my children to all the places they need to be??) This woman happens to have four very active children of her own ranging in age from four to thirteen, plus a thriving home-based business, a husband who travels a great deal, and the responsibility for running our collective kids' school's Girls On The Run afterschool program, in which Petunia is currently participating. To say that she is busy is a massive understatement. She would make the average four-star general look unprepared, undisciplined and disorganized! Her superpower is time management, no doubt about it.
I'm not bad at that either, and I have some other strengths as well, but after thinking about it for a while, I've come to the conclusion that my real superpower is persistence: I am one stubborn, bullheaded SOB. (Wonder where Thing Two got that from?? Ha.) I had to have been one of the most uncoordinated white belts in the history of taekwondo, but I kept showing up for class anyway. Five years later, what do you know? I'm a lot better at it now. My next test will be for my black belt. When Thing Two got his diagnosis, I went home and had an ugly cry. Then I wiped my eyes and started calling doctors and therapists. I dragged that boy all over hell getting him help, but he's a different kid now, happy, social and actually capable of having a conversation and functioning normally in school. Giving up on him was just never an option even on the really dark days. I bet my geocaching friends would agree too...they send me the tough puzzles to work on because they know I won't be able to let them go until they are solved.
So, what do you think is your greatest strength?? I'm curious to see what responses I get.