This is the BlogHer writing prompt for last Friday. I am using it today because I am so stressed I can’t think of something to be thankful for. (Stress because: I am trying to get ready for the drive to North Carolina, trying to plan driving by myself with three children in the back, waiting to see what the weather is going to blow in and if it’s going to blow in before I hit the road with the kids tomorrow, and, you know, trying to figure out how to do this on my own because Dan’s pneumonia and a patient in crisis have completely upended the idea of him driving and me nagging from the passenger seat.) (For the record, as long as the weather is good enough, he’ll be following, probably on Wednesday.)
You get to choose one superpower. Pick one of these, and explain your choice:
the ability to speak and understand any language
the ability to travel through time
the ability to make any two people agree with each other
Now, if that last super power would be “I could get people to agree with ME” I could at least use it to end pointless political arguments with my FIL. I say pointless because neither of us is going to change our mind. I wouldn’t use it on everyone, only because it would be boring if we were all the same.
I would choose the ability to speak and understand any language, and then I would travel like crazy (budget allowing). I would take my kids to France, Italy, Ireland, Russia, China, Japan, and South America. If language were not a barrier, I would go to small towns in Europe and tour the countryside.
And it would be kind of fun to have a discussion while I’m getting my nails done as well. Or at least know if they were making fun of me or not.
We could use Italian at home. I could raise bilingual (or more) children! That would be pretty cool.
It would open up a number of career options as well. For example, if I could read any language as well, I could do translations, or edit translations. Or I could become a spy! (Probably not.)
Plus, no more subtitle reading!
Which of those three superpowers would you pick?