Looking back, I think cartoons really do rot kids’ brains. Cartoons were pretty much the only form of entertainment I had. But when I did go out, I guess in some ways I tried to re-enact what I saw in my own, less than intelligent way.
I must’ve been 5 or so when what I called “The Power” started. I’d stand by the mailbox, which sat atop a wooden post, and I’d look up and stare directly into…
The Sun. Yup. You read that right. The huge yellow, flamin’ hot orb in the sky.
I’d then close my eyes and have “The Power.” The Power was seeing light and colors, I guess. It never made me strong or gave me any super strength (though that would’ve been awesome). It was just closing my eyes tightly to the point where I could see the light and colors and actually hear The Power. I’m no scientist, but is it normal to hear that sound??
I digress. Perhaps I was influenced by He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. I mean, by the power of Greyskull, he had the power. Unlike me, this ghostly white guy turned bronze and bulky. Heck, even his timid cat, Cringer, turned into the mighty Battlecat.
I guess I didn’t (and don’t) have the power after all. One thing I do have still is my vision. Surprise, surprise!
I learned the errors of my ways when I saw on the news that there was going to be a solar eclipse. There was all this chatter about making some device so you could see it. What the heck? I thought to myself. Then I heard these words: Don’t stare directly at it.
Oopsie. And from that day forward, I lost the power. On the upside, my mom did help me get a piece of cardboard and foil so we could see the eclipse. Ah… Foreshadow.
To add a little more flavor to this particular post, I leave you with this: Snap – I’ve Got the Power
Lesson learned: He-Man never got the power from staring at the sun.