When I was eight, a friend from school invited me to a Halloween party. I was psyched. Brazil is known for Carnival, football and women, but definitely NOT Halloween parties, which is stupid if you ask me. Halloween is like Carnival with candy. I mean, seriously, Brazil, get a grip.
Anyway, I was running around and screaming like a crazy person, because the girl was quite popular and I was a total nerd. Please keep in mind those were the old days, when being a nerd was equal to having leprosy.
Then I started freaking out. What costume should I choose?
Now, I was a really weird kid.
You know how most girls played with Barbies and My Little Ponies? I had Mutant Ninja Turtles’ action figures (Leonardo and Michelangelo actually), and I kindda had a crush on Leonardo. That’s how weird I was: I bordered awkwardness.
On a side note, I think my childhood must have been a super fun experience for my Mom. But let’s skip puberty, what do you say?
Okay, we both know I will address puberty at some point, but please nod and keep reading for the time being.
Anyway. While I dreamed of defending Gotham city from the scum that infested it, other girls prepared for motherhood with dolls that pooped and peed, which is so insane that I can’t even. I mean, how screwed-up is that? At some point in time, some dumb-ass sitting in a high chair thought that, “Girls need to be prepared for their one and only role in our society: being mothers. And mothers looooooove cleaning poop, right? Of course they do.”
You, sir, are an asshole.
But I digress.
So, I told Mom what I wanted for a costume.
“What about Poison Ivy?” she said. “You could go as Poison Ivy.”
I shook my head, arms crossed.
“Okay, I know: Batgirl. She’s so pretty, sweetheart.”
Head shake again.
“How about Catwoman? She’s powerful and strong.”
“Moooom,” I whined.
Mom breathed out in exasperation. “Fine.”
That night, the popular girl’s Mom heard the doorbell ring. When she opened the door, she came across a figure.
A symbol. A myth.
“Oh, and what are you supposed to be, dear?” she asked, bending over her knees.
I spread my bat wings wide and said in a low voice, “Lady, I’m your worst nightmare.”
I never returned to that house again. It might have been the fact that I propped myself on a table in the corner, and watched everyone from the shadows for the rest of the night.