Yesterday over at McGuffy's Reader, in 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?