Childhood Hero: Jamie, the Bionic Woman

My childhood heroes, including Wonder Woman, Jamie, the Bionic Woman, and Ann, my babysitter

So….my picture is of Wonder Woman, a close second.

I watched Wonder Woman (starring Linda Carter) a lot as a child. I love the way her honesty lasso works, her ability to fend off bullets with her wrist guards, and the way she can spin her way into her costume.

But not quite as much as I liked the Bionic Woman. Many of you may remember the 6 Million Dollar Man. Well, as many of us who grew up in the 80’s remember, he had a feminine cohort, the Bionic Woman.

Jamie has bionic hearing, with a device in her ear to let her hear things she normally would not have. I believe she also had bionic legs, making her run very quickly. She also, as any female character starring in a TV shows about solving crimes does, has an uncanny ability to fight crimes using her bionic skills.

I was sold.

I had the coloring book (I did a lot of coloring as a child), and imagined that I too had bionic hearing. My ligaments are a little unreliable these days, so I could really use some bionic-ness in my ankles. I would be so fast!

So I think she was my hero because of her strength, both physical and mental, her tenacity. She also seems fun and witty, two characteristics I respect in a person.

My children had their own childhood heroes. One of my sons loves Spider-Man, but his first real hero was Night Crawler, from the X-Men. Night crawler went everywhere with him. He is blue, and can teleport. He also flies a little under the radar.

My other son was smitten with Sponge-Bob. He had Sponge Bob everything. Sponge-Bob pajamas, shirts, a ‘uniform’ (Which included a t-shirt, shorts, and a Hawaiian style shirt), as well as a giant Sponge-Bob painted onto his wall. Although I know some parents find Sponge-Bob appropriate, my kids are the age where Sponge-Bob emerged. My son really enjoys the humor in the character, and we all had characters we chose while we played ‘Sponge-Bob Life’. (I liked to be Sandy, the squirrel, always going for the female character) Plankton, the evil genius who frequently gets stepped on, or Squidward, the clarinet player, were also choices I made at times.

I asked my husband his childhood hero. Luke Skywalker wins the prize on that one. Luke being a hero who is really good at flying a plane who also has a great amount of integrity.

This prompt led me to think about my heroes, both then and now. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention a childhood babysitter who spent a lot of times with my siblings and me. She played alto saxophone, which had a role in inspiring me to play my instrument of choice, and now is the mother of 6 children. She inspired creativity in us, as we played a made up game we called ‘Diamonds’. I don’t remember the rules, but I do remember Ann.

I hope you all have heroes, both as children and now. I know I do.

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