If you’re an Avengers fan, you know all about [cue the woo woo music] the COSMIC CUBE. The Cosmic Cube is, “like a big cube that if you touch it then you can wish for whatever you want and then it happens in some way.” That from Sophie, who has seen the Avengers “way too many times” this summer.
We’re walking to the candy store, Luc’s nirvana, talking Avengers and what we want to do with the rest of the summer. Sophie’s pretty excited about the candy store, but she’s playing it cool. Luc, on the other hand, is nearly bursting with his big plans for Candy Domination.
Luc says, “Loki would wish for the world to be destroyed and be re-carved in his image. Everyone wants that for some reason. The villains I mean. But if Ant Man could touch the cube, he would probably wish for world peace and no violence.”
“Huh,” I say, “So, what would you wish for?”
Zero hesitation: “To be a Lightning Ninja. And to have an automatic cotton candy dispenser. And own a toy store. No. To be a Lightning Ninja who owns a candy store that also sells toys.”
“I see. No world peace for you?”
Luc shrugs. “Nah.”
Okay, enlightenment in this lifetime may not be in the cards for Mr. Luc.
“What would you wish for?” I ask Sophie.
Shrug. “I don’t know. I don’t have anything I want to wish for.”
Is this more playing it cool? “There has got to be something you want.”
She considers. “Okay, that I get to play with my friends for as long as I want, any time that I want.”
My daughter, the social butterfly, born to a family of rabid introverts. “Okay, we’ll work on that.”
“So, what would you wish for?” says Sophie.
“Hmm…” No medical bills? No, I’ve got it: infinite riches! No, no—to be able to always instantly find the remote! No, no—world peace AND I can always instantly find the remote!
Luc jumps in. “She would wish for time enough to write 5000 words a day. And to not ever be tired.”
“Yeah,” says Sophie. “And to have lots of people read her books.”
“Yeah,” says Luc. “And chocolate. Lots of chocolate.”
“Yeah,” says Sophie, nodding.
My kids know me so well.
But we’re approaching the candy store now, it’s in our sights, and Luc forgets about the Cube and begins to sing dramatic music and practically vibrate in excitement.
Sophie laughs. “Apparently the candy store has its own theme song.”
“Of course it does,” says Luc, exasperated at the obviousness of this.
I’m not sure what I can do about the Lightening Ninja business, I’m still thinking on that. (Aikido classes maybe? Or maybe to make up stories of Lightning Ninjas? Hmmm…) But the candy and toys and the friends, those wishes I can get right to work on. Because being a Mom is to have, in the eyes of my kids, the power of the Cosmic Cube.
And every kid ought to get their wishes granted as often as possible, if you ask me.
Because life is short.