Some of you may remember my profile picture in my early blogging days. Having had a certain connection to Elastigirl – a character from Pixar’s film “The Incredibles”, I hid in her shadow as I became comfortable with the big, intimidating blog-o-sphere.
In addition to being a mother that is capable to doing it all, this character is strong, sensible, and amazingly flexible. This was certainly an identity that I was at ease in depicting, and even aspiring to be.
My association to “Elasta” stemmed from a project that I headed up at work. Being assigned as a subject matter expert, a member of the internal “help desk”, or otherwise a “Super” user, I decided that my team members and I needed to have some fun with it. I pulled identity for the team members from the children’s movie “The Incredibles” and let the transformation take place. We were a great team – fighting evil and all of that stuff.
Then *it* happened. Our company went through the restructuring and the “Supers” were less than incredible. Just like the movie, the various superheroes went inactive or rather into hiding (at other companies). I tried to keep up with the emergencies, but a girl – even one as capable and flexible as Elastigirl – can only be stretched so far. I was out numbered and overwhelmed…that is, until today.
With the return of Violet, the Supers have come out of hiding. Okay, so maybe I am a little too excited about having some help – it’s only her first day back at the company. I can’t help it. It’s like our team has re-united to fight evildoers and once more save the world.
…Or maybe just help the lost co-worker figure out how to use an evil (unfriendly) computer system.