This weekend we had a mini-retreat for our 6th and 7th graders. It was about recognizing that your true self-esteem comes from accepting and celebrating the way God made you. It’s actually hard to get these kids to talk about their talents. They are either afraid their talents are not “cool” (they tap dance or play oboe) or they are worried that talking about what they do well will make them appear “conceited.”
So, taking an idea from the movie Mystery Men where these ordinary people had dressed up their talents and formed a band of ragtag superheroes, one of the exercises was to get the kids to think of their talents and then come up with a “superhero” that could be their super alter ego. So, like Hank Azaria’s “Blue Raja” who threw forks and Janeane Garofalo’s “Bowler,” we all came up with super heroes. So we had “Oboe Girl,” “Soccer Man,” “Sewer Breath” (he didn’t quite get the concept.) etc.
I, by the way, was “Obscuro.” Obscuro’s mind is crammed with trivial facts that can be retrieved at any time as long as the facts have no practical application to the situation at hand. He hangs with “Unfinished Project Man” and the “Half-Read Bookworm”. All are my super alter egos.