Removing The Disguise
I have four nephews, ages 5, 4, 3 and 2. They are crazy about superheroes!!! Batman, Spiderman, Superman, Green Lantern, Black Vulcan (YES Black Vulcan??? That is the curve ball superhero thrown at us by the 2-year-old, his favourite.) Just when I had all the Thomas the Train's memorized we switch to superheroes, it's hard for this Auntie to keep up!!
When I talk with my sister on the phone in the background the boys are always singing superhero theme songs (like ALWAYS, as in ALL OF THE TIME.) It's no wonder that my sister begins speaking in superhero talk, it's like subliminal messaging she doesn't even know she is taking in. So my sister says, "Wouldn't it be awesome if we all had a superhero? I would love one to swoop in and watch the boys so I could just go get a coffee!" I would have loved to have been her superhero that day, if it didn't take a plane ride to get to her. However her superhero did arrive in the form of her mother-in-law to give her the break she so deserved.
I could really use a superhero to swoop into my house too. No ability to shoot webs or leap tall buildings in a single bound, just the ability to clean some toilets and floors. After talking to my sister I talked to my best friend. Her superhero would be handy at laundry which apparently is piling up at her house.
Then I went to work. And wait a second -- I don't know how we did it but we managed to hire superheroes at ABC Head Start! Not the kind with a cape or a mask, superheroes that aren't in disguise. Superheroes that look just like me and you. I went to visit a site and walked in to a superhero sifting through piles of clothing for a pair of socks for a little one who came to school with none on her feet. Meanwhile a superhero was on the phone with a family helping arrange a Christmas hamper so the family would have food on their table over the holidays. There was a superhero telling a story to the children with such creativity and enthusiasm she was bringing joy to even the saddest of the little faces and transforming them to a world of hope and happiness. Meanwhile another superhero was preparing a nutritious snack for the children.
Superheroes are all around us, but most of them work for ABC Head Start. :)