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Invisible Me


Yesterday over at McGuffy's Readerin a review of  the book "Calling Invisible Women" by Jeanne Ray,  Annie wrote "If you have ever felt invisible, or perhaps wished to be, you will enjoy this book."  That caught my attention and started me thinking...

There's definitely been ocassions when I've felt invisible in life... unnoticed, unwanted, and unloved.  At times I wondered how long it might take anyone to notice if I disappeared altogether, and I used to joke with former coworkers about digging up any freshly planted sod over a large pit on our acreage to search for my remains.

On lighter notes, I'm betting most of us pondered as children how fun it might be to be invisible... most certainly a wonderful "super power" to have!  The idea has crossed my mind now and then as an adult too, "How I'd love to be invisible and hear what they say about me when I'm not in the room!"  Then again, maybe that wouldn't be such a good thing, imagine all the hurt those carelessly spoken words might cause if people had the ability to be an invisible witness to conversation.  Do I really want to know what they think about me?  Probably not.

Being invisible could certainly prove entertaining for it's voyeuristic properties, for finding out exactly what's going on behind closed doors.  What does Carol look like without all the face paint?  Maybe Bob isn't quite the super-stud he claims to be, and maybe Sweet Pea isn't half as shy as she leads us to believe!  Ok, lets not go out on that tangent too far or my page views will spike to amazing highs for all the wrong reasons.  :-)

Getting serious, being invisible would be a great crime deterrent, far better than a sign stating that the premises was being monitored by cameras... not just electronic eyes and ears, but brains to analyze data and maybe even provide a bit of interference that would be guaranteed to scare the daylights out of kids intent on vandalism or adults engaged in something worse.

Pondering how I might actually put this super-power to good use, I came up with the pefect answer... the ideal career for an invisible woman - or an invisible man, that of working for child welfare to observe and report on suspected cases of child neglect and abuse.  So often the perpetrators are family members whose crimes are kept secret and whose demeanor doesn't give them away out in public.  But someone who knew the signs to look for, and who had the ability to see into a hurting child's eyes... in that case an invisible witness could provide just the evidence needed to bring low-life creeps to justice.  I like that idea very much! Where can I sign up for an invisible cloak?  What would you most like to do if you were invisible?

12 comments:

  1. I hate to lose my "cloak of sweetness", but for all the hate mail, and vindictiveness of Stud's x-wife (Before you think it was my fault, I came along after the fact) I'd go into her house and stretch a thin wire at the top of the stairs and.....

    Did I just write that? nevermind. I wasn't here.....

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    1. LOL Lotta Joy! I have to admit that I did spend a bit of time contemplating how much fun I could have being invisible and putting the fear of God into a couple ex's of my own! But no, that wouldn't be nice, would it?! :-)

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  2. Josie, this is a thoughtful piece. The character does use her situation to do good things, too. I think that is essentially what we are supposed to do. We should take our lessons and turn them into opportunities to assist others. I am glad you were moved to write this.

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    1. Absolutely, Annie. If we don't USE what we've been given for the good of others, what is our purpose in being here? Thanks for the great review that inspired me!

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  3. Sort of like being a Guardian Angel...too much responsibility for me. But I would like to be invisible occasionally because I am really nosey.

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    1. We can all be guardian angels for children, Patricia, and I have no doubt you would step up if you saw a situation that required it. I have to agree, the nosey factor is pretty appealing when it comes to being invisible. I'm just wondering how well I would handle the information I gleaned that way. It might bring out the not-so-nice side of me. So maybe in this case ignorance is bliss, or at least better! :-)

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  4. What a great usefulness for being invisible. I couldn't think of any better way to put that super power to use than that. I won't try to trump that.

    Didn't you do a weekly question thing? I think you did - and wanted to let you know I am doing a Get-To-Know-You Give-away over at my blog...been fun so far! Thought of you since I *think you did the question thing. Come by if you can!

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    1. Invisibility would be a wonderful tool for finding out what's really going on in bad situations, wouldn't it CLR!

      Yes, I've done One Question Wednesday off and on and loved it! Asking questions is fun for me, though I learned that some folks find it difficult. Maybe I have an overly-inquisitive mind! :-) I think we crossed pathes, I left a list of "good sounds" and a question on your latest post just about the time this comment popped in. I'll be back for more too... a fun game!

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  5. I loved this post, Josie… and I think it is a fantasy for a lot of children and adults too, to be invisible. But it reminds me of thoughts I had when I was a young man, and reading a lot of science fiction. I was always very excited, reading about galactic meetings with aliens… or those who came to our planet from far out places. And then, after thinking of it for a while, I realized that we have a lot of living creatures here on this planet, who live very different lives from our own, and it would be wonderful, communicating with them. In fact I tried… most often I failed, but sometimes I succeeded. And this fantasy you mention here, has its parallel versions on this earth as well. There are those who are gifted with the ability of reading between the lines, and seeing inside, when looking at a face… And I think you’re right. Ignorance is bliss. There are things that we’d like to know… but when we know, it just brings us pain… even when it isn’t connected to our own ego. But it is good to fantasize about it.

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    1. I'm glad you liked this one, Shimon! Super-powers definitely catch the imagination of both children and adults. I like your realizaton that we have living creatures around us very different from us, that holds true on the human plane as well! Sadly, as you note, ignorance often is bliss. I like to be one who knows, but often the knowing is harder to live with.

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  6. I never thought to use invisibility for the reason that you gave but how great would that be!

    I spent the best part of my childhood feeling invisible and some years in my teens WISHING that I was invisible.
    What would I do now with such a power? Why stalk Nathan Fillion of course. :D

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    1. I felt very much like that growing up too, Lily. I laughed your current fantasy on how to best use your invisible cloak! I love how your mind takes a new angle and runs with it! :-))

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