Young Derek loves Superman comics, movies and TV shows. He’s so crazy about the Man of Steel, he wants to BE Superman.
One of Superman’s coolest powers is that he can fly … so Derek decides he will fly, too.
He climbs up on the roof, secures his Superman cape (one of Mom’s faded gym towels) and dives into the air, aiming for the big oak tree across the street.
He plops into the hydrangea bush just below his jumping-off point.
Derek’s mother, Susan, glimpses his plunge from the window in her home office. She jumps up and runs into the yard at warp speed to check on her boy.
Susan finds Derek cradled in the bush, more shaken than hurt.
“Honey, what happened? You’re bleeding!”
“I’m the Man of Steel, Mom,” Derek explains. “What’s the big deal about a few scratches? Get me out of here so I can try it again.”
“Forget it, kiddo. I thought a young man of 7 would have more sense than to jump off a roof, but I guess not.”
Susan checks Derek for bruises and finds none. She extracts him from the bush and sends him into the house to wash, breathing deeply to keep herself from screaming at her son.
“It’s a time-out for you, after you clean up. I want you to think about what you’ve done.”
Moments later, sitting in a corner facing the wall, Derek tries to figure out what went wrong, using one of his real-life superpowers – intelligence.
“Why didn’t I fly?”
“Is it because I’m a loser, like Tommy said the other day when he beat me up and took my lunch money? No, that’s not it. Tommy is a bully. He’s the loser, not me.
“Is it because I don’t deserve to fly? I don’t see a connection there. What does being deserving have to do with being able to fly?
“Is it because I forgot something? I had everything … no. Wait. I forgot Superman is from Krypton. That’s why he can fly. And I’m from Earth … so … I guess I can’t fly, after all.
“But I want to fly more than anything. I can see myself flying, in my mind. It’s so clear. If I could just draw it, maybe I could …”
“Okay, Derek, time’s up! Did you think about what you did?”
“Yeah, Mom. Do we have anything to draw with, around here?”
Fast-forward 15 years
Derek sits beaming at his booth at Comic-Con, where hundreds of fans have lined up to meet him – the world-famous creator of “Dynamic Derek – Boy Genius” comics.
Much as he loves creating superheroes for DC Comics, his biggest thrill comes from seeing all the boys and girls who love Dynamic Derek.
Knowing he’s inspired them fills Derek with awe and gratitude. It makes his heart soar higher than Superman ever thought of flying.
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