"If you could have any super power, what would it be?" little kid asked.
This is one of his favorite questions. It is not the first time he's asked.
"Hmmm," I said, because an important part of parenting is feigning interest as often as possible. "I think I'd want the ability to see the future."
"Why would you want that?" he asked with genuine confusion.
"I could win the lotto and avoid bad things and maybe play tricks on people."
"You'd use your super power to win the lotto?"
"Yes. I'd also consider invisibility, that could be cool. Could also get weird though. What if you saw something you wish you hadn't? I guess flying would be awesome if I can't win the lotto."
"Good one. You know what I'd choose?"
"The ability to bend metal!"
"Seriously?? What would you do with that?" I asked.
"I'd, like, change metals and stuff."
"Like alchemy? Making metal into gold?"
"I was talking about bending but maybe I'd do that too." I guess he has an innate desire to be a blacksmith or something?
"You know what I'd pick?" Big Kid piped up.
"The ability to summon a flock of birds to peck the eyes out of people I hated."
"...Hmm," I said. "That's a good one. I change my answer to that."
God, let's hope no one gives either one of them super powers.