Well many things have happened since I wrote last. Notably, the world tried to end, and failed in the most epic way possible. The holidays came and passed. 2012 disappeared into the past, and was replaced by 2013. Personally, I think it’s a good thing. 13 has always been lucky for me. Also notably, in my world at least, I went home. I went home for the first time in well over a year.
As much as Green Lantern and I love living in Europe, it has gotten very lonely since my Lantern has been gone. You miss a lot of things that are going on with your circles of friends and family. Travel is not as much fun when you are alone. Likewise, once the holiday season hit, it became that much more apparent that I was stunningly alone. I wished so much that I could be with him, and as I started to decorate the house and try and get in the spirit of the season, I found myself lacking a serious amount of happiness and excitement. That was why I knew the time was right; it was time to go back to the states and see my family.
There were two main reasons for me to come back. My daddy, Batman, was finally retiring from the Air Force. The second was to meet my new niece. In June, Green Lantern’s sister and her husband had welcomed their first child. I would of course give her a superhero identity… but I thought I would let her grow up a little first. 🙂
What can I say about my little super niece? To say the least, it was quite an amazing experience. I am the first to admit that I don’t know a whole lot about babies. I worked in the schools to be sure, but before three, my experience level goes to practically zero. When she was in a good mood, she was an absolute joy. She smiled and laughed, loved to play, and never cried once when handed to me (a fear I had been harboring since I approached the concept of seeing her). That was definitely a plus. Getting off the plane, my sister-in-law practically threw the baby at me so we could get aquatinted. She looked at me with these big, dark eyes… and I got a feeling slightly akin to falling in love. She was so pretty, so interested in this new, random person who was suddenly holding her.
However, on the down side, I also happened to choose the week that she had two new teeth coming in. Now I can’t say this with 100% certainty because Green Lantern and I aren’t parents, but after spending the week with that little girl, I would be tempted to say that teething is the experience that tells you whether or not you are really cut out to be a parent. Pegging purely on that, I was almost tempted to give her the identity Siryn. For those of you who aren’t familiar with her, she is one of the X-men, and her super power was her super sonic screams that could incapacitate her foes. Let me tell you, once she felt the pain, she was loud and proud and ready to let everyone know it. Location did not matter; needless to say it made for some very long car rides.
After spending a week in the north, I flew back south to join my side of the family for the first main event of 2013. The retirement ceremony, noting Batman’s 30 years of devout and amazing service to the military, was moving. I can honestly say that the pride that swelled in my chest was one of the strongest sensations I had felt. Not just for him, but that fact that I came from him. We truly are a family of heroes. And seeing it, hearing all of these wonderful things that people were saying about him and how he changed their lives, I was amazed. He really, truly changed the world. It filled me with aspirations. I felt like I was a child again; I wanted to be like him. I wanted to mean that much to the people who have me in their life. I want them to look at me and be inspired too, just like Batman did for me, and continues to do every day. It certainly gave me something to think about as we move into the next year.
2013. I am excited to see what is in store for me. Green Lantern will finally be coming home. New travels and worlds to explore. New friends, or new experiences with old ones. Knocking one more thing off of my bucket list. I feel like, as I sit here right now, anything is possible, and this year is the year to make it all happen.
See you next time!