Butterflies and Superpowers

I find myself in a unique position these days. I am in the thick of revisions for the second book in The Amazing Adventures of Noah Minor series (THE MINOR RESCUE), while preparing for the launch of THE MINOR MIRACLE on May 7th.

Both of these tasks, revising and launching, require me to figure out what I’m really trying to say. Not the plot, but where I want the plot to take the reader. The heart connection. When I do an author visit or give a keynote, this is the thing go for, the deeper meaning underneath the surface. Figuring this out requires stepping back from the keyboard, thinking big picture and asking big questions. Sometimes holding a dog helps.

For HER OWN TWO FEET, the phrase “strong like a butterfly” emerged. It was something Rebeka said at the dinner table one night, trying to make us laugh. Clay was strong like a chicken, and she was strong like a butterfly.

Rebeka may not look strong, perched on top of those curled feet, but she is. But the heart part of that comes when I connect that idea with readers. At school visits, I tell kids you can’t always tell how strong someone is from the way that they look. It’s true for a butterfly, with its delicate wing, it’s true for Rebeka, and it became a rallying cry for all kids to be brave and courageous and strong like butterflies, no matter how they look or feel. I’ve received hundreds of colored butterflies in the mail, and at every school visit they flutter on the walls.

So what’s my “butterfly” for THE MINOR MIRACLE? What’s the thing that will resonate with kids, that rings true for them and for me? A really important theme in this series is the idea that we’re all extraordinary (sound familiar?). The main character, Noah Minor, feels like just an ordinary kid, especially next to his two best friends. Rodney is a music prodigy and Haley is a practically perfect, straight-A student.

Then Noah finds out he has the power to manipulate gravity, he’s super after all!

But finding out he has superpowers doesn’t make Noah’s life easier or better. He begins to understand the famous words from his favorite Spiderman comic, with great power comes great responsibility. Noah will realize he’s capable of doing great things, but the greatest of these doesn’t require the ability to manipulate gravity, but the ability to put his friends first, no matter what. What looks ordinary can be extraordinary, whether it’s a butterfly or . . . a bracelet.

When Noah finds out he’s a gravitar, he’s given a bracelet that looks like any ordinary Rim Rock Mustangs rubber bracelet, but it’s not. It’s bugged. And just as an ordinary-looking bracelet can do extraordinary things (like transmit all verbal and written communications), an “ordinary” kid can to extraordinary things. For Christmas, Clay got me a box full of Rim Rock Mustangs bracelets. They’re sitting on the floor by my desk, still in the red and green gift bag.

I can’t wait to use them as giveaways, little reminders that what looks ordinary can be extraordinary and something amazing could be sitting right under your nose. These bracelets are like an invitation to the “team,” where everyone belongs, and we’re all capable of being super. I think I’ve found my theme, and what seems to be a common denominator in my work. I like to write about kids who discover they are capable of far more than they ever thought. Maybe because it’s the message I need to hear.

2 Responses to “Butterflies and Superpowers”

  1. Rita Zimmermann

    What a gift to all children. Every child, no matter how ordinary can be extraordinary. That’s the gift God gave each one He made.
    Keep on sharing Meredith.

    Blessings, Rita

    • Meredith Davis

      Thanks Rita, you taught that truth for so many years, setting a course for kids that will help them grow and flourish their whole lives. Grateful for you!


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