Tuesday, June 20, 2006

The Superhero Blues


We have a superhero residing at our house.

Ethan is in superhero mode almost all the time. Even the most mundane of items has an “action” aspect to it. His “action fork and spoon,” with “food-shoveling action,” helps him to acquire his energy to fight crime. (We are thankful that he considers grape tomatoes his secret energy weapon—much the same way Popeye feels about his spinach.)

The other day, he held his Rescue Heroes underwear proudly above his head and now-naked body and shouted, “Hey! I can use my underwear like a parachute!” as he jumped off the bed. Thankfully, only his pride was hurt when he didn’t loft to the floor. I’m hoping he keeps his test flights close to the ground and will never consider scaling to the roof to test his cape’s ability to give him hang-time.

Another morning around 3 AM, he strode into our bedroom wearing only his Batman mask, underwear, and a glove. “Mom, Dad—I can’t get my other glove on. Will you help me?” We held in our giggles long enough to tell him that even superheroes need to sleep. (Not to mention his parents.)

Yesterday, though, our little super guy was discouraged. “Mom, I’m sad. I don’t really have any superhero powers.” He acted as if he were confessing to a dark secret in his life.

“Oh yes, you do,” I replied.

“No, I don’t.”

“Yes, you do,” I insisted. “You do have at least one super power. You have the power to make me smile!”

Ethan still doesn’t think that is much of a super power, but I surely do.

Indeed.

4 comments:

Zonk said...

Ps 127:4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
5 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate. {his...: Heb. filled his quiver with them} {speak...: or, subdue, or, destroy}
(KJV)
I wondered about these verses when I first came upon them; having children reveled their meaning.

Arrows are more than mere sticks, they must be shaped and fletched.

We can aim them; but once let go, they are on their own. God grant us good aim!

Arrows in our hand well aimed do not become arrows in our hearts.

A full quiver early in life means a safe defence later.

Anonymous said...

I think he has the superpower of making anyone smile :)
shweta

Dawno said...

I love that costume!

*waves* I should have been here sooner, I'm glad I made it over.

I've finally updated my AW blogroll and am so happy to have you on it.

Thanks for sharing your nest with an empty-nester who's in NO hurry for grandchildren but misses the fun of littles.

TJWriter said...

You have some cute kiddos.