When I was a kid, I adored the Ghostbusters Saturday morning cartoon. My favorite character was mad scientist Egon Spengler. Over and over, I imagined that I was the Ghostbusters’ secretary, like Janine in the cartoon. I imagined myself dating Egon and helping the Ghostbusters, in a behind-the-scenes, support-staff role.
Yesterday, I saw the new Ghostbusters movie. Afterward, memories of my old Ghostbusters pretend games flooded back. I wondered: if I’d seen this Ghostbusters when I was a kid, would I have imagined myself as Dr. Jillian Holtzmann instead of as Janine? Would I have imagined myself being a heroic mad scientist, rather than dating one? I think I would have.