July 6, 2010

Clutching Superman

The problem with having kids - aside from the fact that your clubbing days are effectively over and you have to worry about little people walking in on you during sex (I'm not talking midget porn) - is the fact that one day your kids get old enough to talk and eventually combine this with socialization. They end of talking with other kids who have other ideas that you are not responsible for nor can you control.

It's a blessing and a curse.

For instance, it's a blessing when your child comes home and due to the recommendation of another kid, they want to try carrots and broccoli. Or they've found a new age-appropriate series of books they'd like you to read with them. Or they've decided that soccer looks like fun and want to try it.

But it can turn ugly too. Like when your child comes home requiring that you show her Star Wars immediately despite your warnings that it could be perceived as scary (I don't know about you but Darth Vader freaked my ass out when I saw it at age seven or so) and is then plagued by nightmares about imperial stormtroopers hiding in the closet for a week straight. Or discovers and nurtures an abiding love of Spongebob despite the fact that he's pretty much the most fucking annoying cartoon character invented save The Chipmunks. Or maybe The Snorks who were really just second-rate Smurfs.

Long-story-somewhat-shorter, one of Owen's friends imparted to him the wisdom and wonder that are superheroes. And now Owen is in love with Superman. If he could somehow discover a world in which Wall-E and Superman coexisted, he would be in heaven. So I went out and bought him a Superman action figure which - and this makes me feel like a terrible father depriving his son of everything to which he's entitled - is his first ever action figure. The other night I walked in to his room to look at him sleeping, something Beth and I do with both kids each night. He was clutching his Superman tightly in one hand dreaming, no doubt, of flying over Metropolis saving the world from reanimated dragons, out of control robots or, maybe, broccoli.

Let the days of Superman, The Caped Crusader and The Boy Wonder, and Spiderman begin.

What's your favorite superhero. And if you have super powers, which ones would you want?

Posted by Chris at July 6, 2010 7:16 AM

I know its lame, but growing up I always liked Aquaman...did he even have any super powers? He is like a para super hero? I was always obsessed with the ocean and wanted to be able to swim with the dolphins and fish....

My now 4 year old son was totally obsessed with Batman from about 2 until ??? 4th grade maybe? He was Batman every year for Halloween. In preschool he insisted that everyone call him Batman. He wore his costume year round....thankfully he outgrew that phase!

Posted by: Lisa at July 6, 2010 7:51 AM

I'm with Owen on Superman. If I could have a superpower though, I'd rather be a witch like Samantha from Bewitched. To be able to give my nose a little twitch & clean the house or go to the office to pack up my husbands laptop would be awesome!

Posted by: Kate M at July 6, 2010 8:19 AM

You mean that there are superheroes out there who aren't Wonder Woman?


Posted by: Deeleea at July 6, 2010 8:24 AM

My maiden name was Stevens and I used to dream that I was Samantha Stevens like in Bewitched and I could do anything if I could just learn to twitch my nose like Elizabeth Montgomery. Needless to say, it never happened and my room never magically got cleaned up!

Posted by: Maribeth at July 6, 2010 8:51 AM

!! I love this post because I myself and a comic book fan. I tried to get Elliot to like Batman but so far, he's become totally hooked on Spider Man. He loves Doctor Octopus and the Molten Man and is obsessed with anything Spidey. I am hoping my youngest son will be more into the Batman scene.

If I had to have powers I guess I'd want mind-control. It would be awesome to root around in peoples' memories and use their worst ones to instill fear. It's kinda mean but would totally work.

Posted by: Claire at July 6, 2010 9:19 AM

I liked Wonder Woman, Mighty Mouse, and Superman. I also liked Batman because it was so over the top. In those days, strong women on TV didn't really exist and despite the silly costume, I liked Wonder Woman.

Posted by: One Mom's Opinion at July 6, 2010 10:51 AM

When I was younger it was the whole Justice League that got me out of bed on Saturday mornings and, even though they all appeared equal, I have to think Superman was primus inter pares. Also, did the other members of the League know he was Clark Kent?

Now, as an adult, I'd have to go with Wolverine. Being indestructible is a pretty cool trick.

Posted by: Foggy Dew at July 6, 2010 11:09 AM

I came of age during the Isis and Shazaam era. Not superheros to be proud of. Mighty Mouse was my favorite, and why not. However, my brother was obsessed with all superheroes, and comic books, so I grew up reading them all. Now I am reliving all of that with a son who cannot get enough of Spiderman, Ironman and now Batman. It is insane. And I will take Spongebob over Barney or the Smurfs any day.

Posted by: MidLifeMama at July 6, 2010 11:51 AM

Underdog. Then again, I am a dog nut.

Posted by: Heather at July 6, 2010 3:00 PM

I always liked the Wonder Twins. They could be anything they wanted to.

Also, the Mystery Machine Gang & Scooby Doo--even if they weren't really superheros.

Posted by: Krush at July 6, 2010 6:32 PM

You know that one time when Superman went so fast around Earth that he was able to undo Lois Lane's death? That.

Posted by: Poppy at July 6, 2010 8:46 PM

I used to be into Wonder Woman when I was a kid, but nowadays it's The Tick.

The superpower I would want the most, though, is the ability to teleport. I think "instantly" is a commute time I could actually be comfortable with.

Posted by: Kat at July 6, 2010 11:45 PM

Wonder Woman of course ;)

Would love to fly and be able to see some things in the future.

Posted by: Rose @Dozenroses13 at July 7, 2010 12:10 AM

I loved both the Smurfs AND the Snorks! lol! and Looney Toons. I didn't really care about superheroes, unless Rainbow Brite or something like that counts. heh.

Posted by: Manda at July 7, 2010 2:28 AM

I <3 Batman. And I would like to have telepathic powers - inward and out - mind reading and control. Mwahahaha.

Posted by: Heather at July 7, 2010 4:11 AM

Owen has great taste! Superman is definitely my favorite (you know about my tattoo, right?) although I am *very* unhappy with the comics lately. I think I wouldn't mind having super-strength, or maybe super-intelligence.

Posted by: Fraulein N at July 7, 2010 8:38 AM

My fav is THOR! Such a cute god of thunder! How could I resist! Had ALL the comic books!

Posted by: Gypsy at July 7, 2010 9:46 AM

I don't really have a favorite super hero, but I do have a superpower. I can confuse anyone, including myself in record time. Unfortunately I don't have full control of it so it tends to happen at inopportune moments.

Posted by: Throckmorton Jones at July 7, 2010 10:08 PM

I'm particularly fond of Shoveler. Also, The Tick. :)

Posted by: Mr Lady at July 8, 2010 5:23 PM

The Boy just got back from Superhero camp. Where he made himself The Master... who controlled the weather. (Or something.) I think he has to be my favourite.

I like the Bowler from Mystery Men. ;-)

Posted by: Nat at July 10, 2010 2:33 PM