Elle Cosimano

Secret Superpower

In recent years, the YA market introduced readers to a broad spectrum of young people with super-human powers. I admit, some of these powers are pretty snazzy and would probably come in handy in a war-plagued dystopian universe. Like reading minds, or talking to dead people, never missing a target, manipulating the weather, or shooting laser beams from your fingertips.

All very cool.

All worthy of great tales of heroism.

A little known fact about me? I also wield a great superpower. It’s probably not worthy of a best-selling YA novel. And it would only come in handy in a post-apocalyptic world involving way too much water and Kevin Costner at the helm of an ark.

But it is a gift. And I am proud of it. So I will share my secret power with you.

Little Elle Fishing

I can catch fish.

Lots of them.

Anywhere.

And I don’t need an expensive reel to do it. (Sorry, I had an Allison Reynolds/Breakfast Club moment. Picture me digging a shiny Penn reel, a bag of frozen squid, and a package of double bottom rigs from my overstuffed handbag…)

I don’t know the meaning of the word skunk. And I’m no girlie-girl. I bait my own hook.

Ask my father or my sons. They’ve watched with wonder and amazement as all species of sea life found themselves snagged by my infallible hook (insert evil laughter sound clip here). True story of a mother’s love… I once caught a tropical fish in the shallows of a tidal pool using a tiny plastic sand bucket and a PB&J sandwich for bait. How could I say no when he looked at me with those big watery eyes and said, “Please, Mommy. You’re the only one who can catch him for me!”

And that’s no fish tale.

I like to think it would be an advantageous power to have if I suddenly found myself struggling to survive in Panem’s District 4.

I’m a believer that everyone has something they do really well.

So I’m curious. What’s yours?

Mar

07, 2011 |

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