Edna: I didn’t know the baby’s powers so I covered the basics.
Helen: Jack-Jack doesn’t have any powers.
Edna: No? Well, he’ll look fabulous anyway.
From The Incredibles
The Incredibles is one of my favorite movies – I’ve watched it countless times, and each time I see my family. Yes, I’m the mom –aka Helen Parr, aka Elastigirl – driving a jet/mini-van around with kids in the back to pick up Hubby – aka Bob Parr, aka Mr. Incredible.
One of my favorite lines is when Helen Parr, racing to rescue her husband, says, “Either your father’s in trouble, or he’s gonna be.” That is the classic life with a partner who has ADHD. You rescue them to give them cr@p about what they should have done in the first place. What do you mean you forgot to put gas in the car?
I love this movie for its awesome take on Exceptionalities and Special Needs. Superpowers are what make people different and unique, so are Special Needs. I often think of our family as having ‘superpowers’ rather than ‘special needs’. The difference remains, it’s just how we think of it – need vs. power? The Incredibles is about celebrating differences and using your strengths.
Dash: You always say ‘Do your best’, but you don’t really mean it. Why can’t I do the best that I can do?
Helen: Right now, honey, the world just wants us to fit in, and to fit in, we gotta be like everyone else.
Dash: But Dad always said our powers were nothing to be ashamed of, our powers made us special.
Helen: Everyone’s special, Dash.
Dash: [muttering] Which is another way of saying no one is.
From The Incredibles
My kids are actually the inverse of Dash and Violet – Little Miss Adorable takes centre stage while Violet shrinks in the shadows; and Mr. Sensitive stumbles to walk while Dash races across water at lightning speed. Which leaves us with The Dunk, our Baby #3 – aka Jack-Jack.
For a while we were calling him Dunk-Dunk, now it’s just Dunkie. The Dunk was born November 1, 2011. We opted out of prenatal testing. He’s met all of his developmental milestones. At this point, to the best of our knowledge, he does not have any superpowers.
Not that we love him any less for it.
How is your family Exceptional?
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