Family Gathering 2018
Super Heroes have all of the attributes that we love. They are strong and courageous. They are honest and tireless. They save people from injustice and hide their identities because they are humble.
They roam around looking for good things to do.
It must be that children know instinctively that these are worthy attributes and copy them in their Super Hero play. I overheard them saving the world and all of the people in it. They also saved a lot of imaginary animals.
Children play with complete seriousness. They slip easily into character and stay rooted there. Henry’s character lived until he fell asleep late that night.
Ralph Waldo Emerson reminds us what makes a true hero and since we were celebrating during the July 4th Holiday it seems fitting:
A NATION’S STRENGTH
Not gold, but only men can make a people great and strong –
Men who for truth and honor’s sake stand fast and suffer long.
Brave men, who work while others sleep, who dare while others fly –
They build a nation’s pillars deep and lift them in the sky.
The grandchildren knew exactly which super hero each wanted to be. Each chose a cape and mask, had faces painted to stand proudly in character and painted a shield as armor to protect others from injustice.
Uncle Tim made a handle from duck tape on the back of each.
With all of the fighting that Super Heroes do in the movies, I thought MY Super Heroes might have a real conflict before them but they were willing to be more adventurous than contentious.
When the sun went down and the capes came off,
we breathed a sigh of relief because
the world was a better place.
“Look for the best in everyone.”