Apparently, superheroes don’t learn complete control over their powers until well into adulthood. I should know, because we had half a dozen superheroes of the four-feet-and-under variety running around our apartment this weekend, and they almost brought the Hall of Justice crashing down with all of their indiscriminate laser beam shooting, reckless flying, and accidental misuse of super strength.
Yes, we survived Birthday Party Time again, and, the super-exuberance of gamma-irradiated and mutant party attendees notwithstanding, a great time was had by all.
The downside of having two children with birthdays less than two weeks apart is the effort and expense of planning two separate parties so close together. The perk is that, once in a while, you can get away with planning one party for both of them, as we did this year. Thanks to The Incredibles and a beloved computer game called Freedom Force, Katie and Caleb are both into superheroes at the moment, so choosing a party theme was a no-brainer. After all, what kid doesn’t dream about having super powers and a secret identity*?
To start off, each guest was given a superhero design sheet to aid them in choosing their super powers, designing their cape logo, and deciding on a cool superhero name (very important if you don’t want the other heroes to make fun of you and sprinkle powdered Kryptonite in your gym shorts.) The list of possible powers included flying, invisibility, super hearing, and deadly garlic breath, among others**. Then they were given capes, masks, and fabric markers and left to the pivotal task of every superhero: creating their costumes. Fifteen minutes later, our two-bedroom apartment was filled to the brim with C-Strike, Super Girl, and their justice-seeking friends! (According to local building codes, our apartment has an MSC*** rating of 6, so we kept it small.)
The first test of the new supers was–what else?–to apprehend and subdue an evil villain. We just happened to have two villains on hand: The Mom-inator and Teacher Creature. Their list of crimes against humanity is long, including such offenses as serving green things for dinner and callously demanding that homework be turned in on time. Fortunately, our heroes prevailed and, in no time at all, had them tied to their chairs with Charmin Invincible Binding Strips (motto: Holds forever, or until it gets wet!)
With their arch-nemeses out of the way, the gang then turned to their next pressing task: ridding the apartment of those twin Diet-Busters, Cake and Ice Cream. Let’s just say that they really threw themselves into the job.
Did you know that sugar gives you Super Speed?
*I know that when I was in first grade, my friends and I waged an ongoing playground battle between the forces of evil and our valiant band of heroes, the Amazing Girls. The Amazing Girls, bringers of justice and truth to the universe of Sweet Bee Elementary School (I’m not making this up), were led by yours truly, the beautiful and powerful Snowball. In retrospect, I realize that Snowball was a name more fit for a kitten than for the commander of an elite force of supernatural do-gooders, but give me a break–I was only six.)
** As the moms stood around and watched, we came up with several super powers that we wanted to see on our list:
-ability to stop time
-“who did it” detection
-bathroom privacy forcefield
-road trip utility belt
(Maybe we should renegotiate our contracts…)
*** Maximum Superhero Capacity