It’s said that heroes come in all sizes—and Soundwave and Jetstorm are testimony to that. Whereas many Real Life Superheroes cite their childhoods as the genesis of what would become their adult activities, these two have chosen to exercise their altruistic impulses while they’re kids. “If you can walk, you can help somebody out,” says Soundwave. And Jetstorm is quick to agree, adding, “Anyone can do it. Except babies, of course.”
Real Life Superheroes (and real-life siblings), Soundwave and Jetstorm began their community activism in 2007 and 2008, respectively. Members of the Skiffytown League of Heroes, they are usually to be found at a variety of charitable events, from blood drives to Independence Day celebrations, from visiting at VA hospitals to hitting the streets for the Walk For Cystic Fibrosis. And yes, their parents know what they’re doing.
“I saw all the adults doing it,” Soundwave says, “and they got to do all the fun stuff. But it’s actually more fun once you get to do it. Then, it kinda comes easily.”
Originally a way to help break out of her shell, Soundwave created her character around her personality. “I was really shy, so I made my character fit me,” she says, “It gave me an excuse not to talk too much, but still do something.” And that typically takes the form of personal appearances where she can perform her unique outreach. “I carry marbles—since as Soundwave I have voice power, and it’s really, really hard to break a marble—and I hand them out to people and tell them I’ve put the Pledge of Allegiance into it, so they can remember to love our country,” she explains. “At first it’s weird, people actually remember you, but once you get used to it, it’s kind of like ‘Hey, I can really do something’.”
And while Jetstorm may have a lot in common with his older sibling, particularly as regards community service, there is nothing at all shy about this sheer bundle of energy. “I like working with kids, giving people food, toys, making sure they have power in their houses… and running so fast, even a race car can’t beat me,” he declares with his usual enthusiasm. And what does he like best about life as a hero? “I like my costume, the cape—the silver and blue look really cool—the sunglasses, because they protect my eyes, and when I take them off and look at the sun, it’s too bright—I like it all!”
Still, at the end of the day, these two are an object lesson in teaching your children well. “I want to help put the smile on people’s face and show other kids they can do something, even if they’re young,” Soundwave explains. You can do whatever you want to do—hand out toys, flyers, food drives, convince people to give something even if its small.” And what does she see for the future of the team? “We want to keep doing charities, meeting people, going on missions…”
“… And riding a really fast dirt bike,” Jetstorm adds.
“I also want to keep doing ballet,” she continues, “and gymnastics, rock climbing, sky diving… I seriously don’t know what I want to be because I want to do everything.”
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