Every summer I like to plan a family road trip. Every fall I realize that my husband and I have totally different thoughts on what exactly that means.
Me: When I said I wanted to go on a road trip to an exotic locale, this isn’t exactly what I had in mind.
Husband: What could be more exotic than Metropolis? It’s the home of Superman!
Me: Somehow I think the comic book was referring to some other major fictitious city, not Metropolis, Illinois.
Husband: I know. We lucked out that it existed just a few hours drive from home.
Me: (Staring up at giant plastic Superman statue in the town square.) Not sure if “lucky” is the word I’d use....
Husband: Go stand there in front of it and I’ll take your picture.
Me: As much as I’d love using that image as my Facebook profile picture, how about we go into the museum instead?
Husband: Way ahead of you there, honey. I’ve got V.I.P. tickets right here!
Me: (Inspecting dilapidated building we are about to enter.) Did you say, V.I.P. or OMG?
Husband: (Ignoring me, completely engrossed in the gross.) What was that, dear?
Me: Oh nothing. Say, was that substance Superman was susceptible to?
Me: (Noticing the falling ceiling tiles.) How did he do with asbestos?
Husband: (Again, ignoring me and now stumbling into the 1970’s Superman popular merchandise exhibit.) I had that same lunch box when I was in the third grade!
Me: Hmm, very authentic. I don’t think it’s been dusted since then. (Surveying the dingy surroundings.) You know, I saw Superman I, 2 and 3, and not once did Krypton look like some creepy guy’s basement.
Husband: I know, isn’t it great that all of this precious memorabilia could be preserved like this and not thrown away by a wife who has watched too many hours of HGTV...
Me: (My turn to ignore. I am captivated by the Charlie McCarthy ventriloquist’s puppet on a unicycle dressed in Underoos hat seems to follow me with its wooden eyes around the room.)
In unison: I wonder if anything (I hope nothing) in here is for sale....
Me: If you take one more step toward that case of Justice League replica signet rings, you’ll be sleeping in your own Fortress of Solitude.
Husband: Why don’t you go outside and wait by that empty phone booth? You never know when you might run into Clark Kent.
A few more bad super hero puns, a bag of nostalgic novelties and five ice cream ringed smiles later, he and the kids emerge giggling and triumphant.
It is then I realize that he may not be more powerful than a locomotive or leap buildings in a single bound, but when it comes to fun family road trips, he is Mr. Fantastic.