I’ve written many times about my boys’ love of superheroes. Dexter is especially obsessed with dressing up as Spider Man, Batman and Super Man. Not long ago, I even created a No Sew Superhero Cape just for him so he could be his OWN superhero. And this is truly cool because no matter which well-known super star he is dressed as, you won’t get him to admit it. In his mind, he is always AWESOME MAN.
Right now, he’s going through a phase of wearing his Ninja Turtle pajamas and running through the house wearing his backpack as a makeshift “turtle shell.” It is so reminiscent of my own childhood when my younger brother and I would stuff clothes in our backpacks and do the same. We would climb up and down the ladder of our bunk beds pretending we were climbing out of the sewer.
Kids + Imagination = Endless Possibilities.
Daniel gets in on the act, too, though it’s more for our amusement and Dexter’s enjoyment at this point. Daniel doesn’t really know what a superhero is or how to play act. But it’s still fun to dress him up and see him and his brother mimic what they see on TV or in books.
And since there are any number of Superhero fancy dress costumes available online, the fun really never has to stop.
I can imagine a long future ahead of different versions of Awesome Man. Weekends spent pretending to be a ‘baddie’ while my superhero sons chase me around and bring me to justice. I see the cape flying behind them while they run through the house or around the neighborhood, and I hope for all our sakes that they nurture their imaginations and become thoughtful young men, filling the world with their wonder.
Do you have a superhero at home? How do you nurture them? How do you help them use their imaginations to play?