My Sweet Pea is 5. Since the day he was born I knew he was bound for great things, but what mother doesn’t think that of her children? He has always been a sensitive, loving little guy. If someone is hurt, he feels bad even if he didn’t cause the pain. If someone is angry he tries to defuse the situation with the best techniques that his 5 year old abilities will allow. If someone feels bad he comes to the rescue with hugs and kisses and talks about love and will not stop until you have a smile on your face. If someone is in trouble, he straps on the superhero costume of his choice and comes to the rescue. If there is no time for the costume…he decides he is STILL the superhero, but in disguise.
Sweet Pea has an imagination that rivals Marvel and DC Comics. There is not a day that goes by where he doesn’t don a superhero costume to try and save me, his brothers, his dog, or his home from the bad guys. I am blessed to regularly have Superman, Batman, Spiderman, and Ironman in my home. Don’t you wish you were me? I’ve got connections.
They all have their rolls to play. If there is some sort of perceived or imaginative danger outside, then it is definitely Superman because he can fly! Spiderman comes in as a close second because of his swinging-off-his-web ability which makes him able to travel fast. If the bad guys have invaded our home then it is Ironman all the way, and let me just tell you…you don’t want to mess with Ironman. Dude, he has the gloves! If the danger is while we are on the road, its Batman because who wouldn’t want their minivan to turn into the Bat Mobile?
His imagination isn’t just limited to Superheroes either. No, it spans far and wide. If he is watching a cartoon, he makes it a point to tell me he is the lead character in that cartoon. “I’m Jake,” “I’m Thomas,” “I’m Super Why.” If he is watching the movie Cars™ he is ALWAYS Lighting McQueen and somehow I get the task of being Mac. Fitting since I cart him around everywhere anyway. When asked why he wants to be these characters the response is always “because they are good guys, and they’re COOL.” If he is outside and decides that a Superhero doesn’t fit the job, with a bucket and stick he immediately becomes a Knight in Shining Armor. With goggles and a sunny day he is a scuba diver saving people who don’t know how to swim.
His imagination is endless. I marvel at his ideas and love watching him play them out. So when he comes down the stairs or out of the playroom dressed as the superhero of his choice stating “Mommy…I’m going to save the WOOOO-OLD from all the bad guys…they better watch out.” I think to myself, yes you are my dear Sweet Pea, and could you please hurry, the WOOO-OLD could sure use some saving by someone who has a kind, caring, heart of gold just like you do.
What is your favorite aspect of your children’s imagination?