Is It A Bird? Is It A Plane?

It’s [insert favourite superhero here]!

Superheroes are all the rage at the moment, have you noticed?

Marvel is raking in the millions with movie franchises based on individuals (Captain America, Iron-man, Spiderman, Thor) and ensembles (The Avengers) while their television shows (Agent Carter, Agents of Shield, Daredevil) draw millions of viewers.

DC Comics isn’t doing so well on the movie front these daysΒ (Batman vs Superman) but the television DC world is thriving (Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl).

For a geeky household like ours, this growing popularity of geek culture is very welcome. Superheroes everywhere! (Why else would I have a caped crusader for an avatar? Even if it is an un-Masterly one.)


But superheroes don’t just live in comic books and on the silver screen. They are all around us. Sure, they may not fly or have superhuman strength or even possess the coolest toys but I’ll bet you know one.

It’s the friend who has endured overwhelmingly difficult life challenges but still smiles and offers her gifts and talents for the enjoyment of others.

It’s the one who has suffered unimaginable loss but has learned to love and laugh again.

It’s the friend who despite financial struggles continues to give generously to others.

It’s the one who chooses to follow her heart and with courage step out to start a business, move to another country, launch a new career or begin a new life on her own.

It’s the friend who fights and defeats a serious illness.

It’s the one who makes you believe you can do anything.

Superheroes are all around us, quietly going about their lives often oblivious to the inspiration they are to the rest of us. They don’t have magical powers or a fancy suit or a cape but they are our real heroes.

I recently chose to acknowledge one of the superheroes in my life by making her a cape for her birthday. I think all the heroes who work magic in our lives should have a cape. Sorry Edna.

Who are the superheroes in your life?



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51 thoughts on “Is It A Bird? Is It A Plane?

  1. My superhero is a colleague of mine who battled with cancer for over a year, who scheduled her chemos on Fridays so she would be sick on weekends and still be able to teach again on Mondays so her students wouldn’t leg behind. Since she was a single mom and her ex was out of the picture, another motivation to keep working was that she wouldn’t be short on money and she therefore could still do fun stuff with her 2 kids.
    Maybe she wasn’t able to fly, but she was definitely able to make you think really hard and command awe and respect.

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  2. I love Edna!! .. and I love that movie.

    … while I agree that a cape doesn’t make a superhero, I think it is very touching symbolism to make and give someone special a cape. It sounds like you are also a superhero πŸ™‚

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  3. This was such a nice little read, definitely something we need to consider more often than we do with so many super heroes around us.
    For me its got to be my great Aunt having battled with so much loss in her life but managing to push through it and keep going with her small business and show endless love for her grand children πŸ™‚

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    • We’re totally caught up in superheroes of the comic variety in this house but it occurred to me through the making of the cape that there are even more impressive heroes in my life. Sounds like you have one in your great Aunt. Thanks for your comment. πŸ™‚

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  4. So true, Mosy. Superheroes are all around us. They are the everyday people with a big heart. Superheroes are you and me πŸ˜€ One of my superheroes is my stuffed monkey Mr Wobbles. No matter how dark and grey a day may be, he is always there with a smile. He even smiles when he hasn’t slept in two days. Sounds like your household is delighted at so many comic book movies on screen over the last few years πŸ™‚

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    • Hooray for Mr Wobbles! He sounds like a handy superhero to have around. πŸ™‚

      We are always anxiously awaiting the release of the latest (usually Marvel) movie. At the moment it’s Captain America: Civil War we’re waiting on. And there’s also excitement at news such as the filming of a second Deadpool movie. And there’s so much geeky tv now, we can’t keep up. We’re weeks behind on some of them! (That can get tricky with the DC ones because they love a “cross-over” episode so you kind of need to watch all of them in screening order.) Yep, we’re a little bit passionate about comic books on the screen…. can you tell? πŸ˜‰

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  5. It’s the special friend who is always there to listen, hold your hand and care but never expects anything in return and is surprised when I tell her how amazing she is. There are many people in the world like my friend, and they definitely deserve their Superhero status. Lovely post, Mosy!

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  6. I agree whole heartedly! Real superheroes in our lives don’t get any press and certainly don’t get a movie. I have several friends who are battling illness with love, hope and compassion for themselves and their families. It’s amazing. It’s super heroic.

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    • Yeah, that’s why the post started with “Superheroes are all the rage at the moment”. I meant “with people” but I thought that was a given. With three teenage boys in the house, we’re happily members of that sycophantola (good word). It’s all just good fun. The ones who make me laugh are the Comic Book Nazis who rabidly declare they’re done with a tv show because the writers have done something that isn’t “canon” (mind you they always seem to pop up again to criticise the next episode). Mate, it’s a television show about not real people, it’s not a documentary. People mess with Shakespeare’s works all the time. Just enjoy the ride.
      Thanks for your comment!

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  7. OMG you are so spot on Heather. I would love to see a movie starring your Super Heroes! I guess after ‘The Doctor’ (okay, yes, I am an obsessed fan) my super heroes are 1) my parents for actually being able to raise me and live to talk about it (I was a ‘difficult’ child) and 2) The Captain of my sail boat because he safely gets me where I want to go.

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    • I love that you’re an obsessed Doctor Who fan. πŸ™‚ Did you know that my car is called the CARDIS (it’s blue) and it has a Twelfth Doctor action figure who sits on the dashboard and a TARDIS umbrella in the boot? I’m a bit of a fan too.

      Your description of why your parents are superheroes made me laugh out loud. Probably because I’m a parent and I would consider it the height of success to get my kids to adulthood alive. πŸ˜€

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      • πŸ˜€ …you are indeed a superhero. I never had kids. One reason was that I was afraid of karmic payback. Parenting takes more guts than I have. I am however a loving Aunty to many great kids. My job is to spoil them. So easy.

        And your kitted out CARDIS crack me up. I don’t have many things aboard Amandla (only necessities due to lack of space) so my lone Christmas ornament is a Weeping Angel (kind of sums up the holiday season for me)

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