Here is what happened. I didn't want to pick Catwoman, because other than being slick, cool, and a tough lady with a cool ride I couldn't find a link to teaching. I didn't want to pick Captain America because... well. I find him boring. I apologize now to any Captain A fans. I'm open-minded about it, he's just so... straight-laced!
And then my super hero trainer (you know who you are) told me about Captain Marvel. Neither of us could believe I didn't already know about him, I was promptly assigned to watch this show, and I did.
And I LOVE Captain Marvel! LOVE! How did I know know there was a superhero who says (as Billy Batson):
"My parents told me that if you do good, good will come."
A young boy who shows resilience and character even when he is handed the power of the whole. entire. universe.
A kiddo who, before he was given the power of Shazam (more on that amazingness in a minute), was told:
"No protector, you say? And yet despite enduring countless tragedies and hardships, you've somehow managed to protect your perfect heart."
And best yet? A superhero who, in order to access his super powers (have I mentioned that this is the power of the entire bleeping universe?), need only say the word "Shazaam." Really? I LOVE it.
In education we work to "protect our perfect hearts" while sharing our whole selves each day for our students, fellow teachers, and coworkers. We have the "power of the universe" up in front of those kiddos each day and we wield that power gently and with utmost care.
Thank you to Billy Batson for becoming Captain Marvel so I could be reminded of that lesson.