Monday, August 22, 2011

Saving the WOOO-OLD!

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?

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30 comments:

Krista @ Not Mommy of the Year said...

I love it. I love the feeling of "I can do anything" that only a little kid can have. I wish we all still had a little of that left in us.

Hopes@Staying Afloat! said...

Krista,

It is so fun to watch! He really thinks he's going to save the world, and I'm sure not going to tell him any different. I want him to hold onto that confidence and hope for as long as he can.

I agree, if we all had just a little bit of that feeling in us the world would be an amazing place!

Alison@Mama Wants This said...

That's adorable! Whenever I read about kids who say the darndest things or do fun stuff like this, I think, Monkey, can't wait to see what you're going to be up to! At the same time, bemoaning that he's growing up too fast :)

Optimistic Mom said...

I love that in my son's made up world, a bad outcome can quickly be changed into a positive one. If you get eaten by a tiger, he will just spit you out in one piece and you just along your way.
Kids see the world in such a beautiful way, everything is fun and new. Makes you wonder, when do we change how they view their world?

Minivan Mama said...

Imagination is so important! Sounds like your guy has a great one!

Jessica said...

So sweet, don't you love their little minds? My 3 year olds seem to have imaginations that are growing together so they can pretend for hours on end and be on the exact same wavelength. I love it!

Amanda @ It's Blogworthy said...

ADORABLE!! Kids with a great imagination are the best. I'm not to that point with mine yet, but can't wait...I just love hearing the things that kids say when they are playing pretend!

Devan @ Accustomed Chaos said...

Happy Birthday to Sweet Pea! What I love most about the kids imagination is how adaptive they are -- when my oldest starts a new imaginative play my younger two can just jump right in.

Hopes@Staying Afloat! said...

Alison,

Awww Monkey will be there before you know it! It's such a catch 22 isn't it? You can't wait, but really you can!

I can't wait to hear all about Monkey's imagination and what adventures it takes him on! :o)

Hopes@Staying Afloat! said...

Optimistic Mom,

It's amazing how they fix things in their imaginations isn't it? I love it!!

I'm not sure when it changes, but I'm doing my best to make sure my boys hang onto their childlike perceptions for as long as they can.

Hopes@Staying Afloat! said...

Minivan Mama,

They really really are! Sweet Pea's imagination is absolutely amazing. I wake up each morning wondering what he will come up with next,or who will need saving today!

Hopes@Staying Afloat! said...

Jessica,

I love their little minds so much, and I think as adults we could actually learn something from them.

That is so cool that your 3 year olds play on the same wavelength! Double imagination strength has got to amazing to watch!

Hopes@Staying Afloat! said...

Amanda,

Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting on my itty bitty space in the blogosphere. It means a lot to me!

I take TONS of video of the kids just to capture their imagination and cuteness! Just the other day they put on a "concert" for us! SO FUN!!

Hope you come and visit again soon.

Hopes@Staying Afloat! said...

Devan,

It's amazing how they can just pick up the imaginative story right in the middle and run with it isn't it? I wish more adults had that ability!

Elaine A. said...

He sounds like such a great little dude! I love that he wants to save the WOOO-OLD! :)

My son is all about Harry Potter and spells and magic these days and consequently, so is his little brother. It's pretty cute. I wish they could whip up a "make dinner for mommy" spell... he he!

p.s. thanks so much for visiting my place of for your comments. that means a lot to me... xo

Hopes@Staying Afloat! said...

Elaine,

Thank you so very much for coming by and commenting. I truely appreciate it!

Sweet Pea really has earned his nickname. He is so darn sweet. Always thinking of others and trying to make them feel good.

My oldest would like us to start reading Harry Potter to him. We just haven't taken the plunge yet. I have a feeling it create an obsession.

And wait, the books don't give you helpful spells like that? That sucks!!

Hope you come back and visit again soon.

Corine (@ComplicatedMama) said...

My son does the same thing. He loves reenacting things- movies, places we've gone you name it.

We just went to Disney and as we walked through the park he pretended he and my daughter were part of the parade there. "look Im flynn rider, sister is Rapunzel" "look Im mickey, sister is Minnie"

It was adorable.

Kristin @ What She Said said...

I'm actually working on a post about this very topic! Lil' Bit doesn't have an active imagination yet, but I do love the way she views the world. She'll point to something and say what she thinks it is and I'll be like, "Huh?" But then I'll study it for a moment, see whatever it is she's seeing, and say, "Ohhhhh... yeah, OK!"

mamamash said...

That makes my heart soar! I love little heroes. My 11-year-old nephew is a protector as well.

Hopes@Staying Afloat! said...

Corine,

Welcome! And thank you for stopping and commenting! I truly appreciate it!

I LOVE that your kids were walking through Disney pretending to be different characters! I SO see my boys doing that.

I wish I could bottle it up!

Please come back and visit again soon.

Hopes@Staying Afloat! said...

Kristin,

Ahhh great minds think alike!

It's always fun to transport yourself into their eyes and see things from their perspective isn't it? It's almost like a second childhood.

Hopes@Staying Afloat! said...

mamamash,

Little heroes are the best!! I only wish we had more adult heroes in the world!

I'm trying to nurture the hero inside Sweet Pea. I don't ever want him to feel he can't change the world!

Jessica said...

So cute. I love watching and listening to my children when their imaginations start going. Some of the things they come up with are so off the wall.

Hopes@Staying Afloat! said...

Jessica,

It's amazing what they can come up with isn't it? And from the few stories I've read about your little ones they have quite the little imaginations themselves!

LOVE IT!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

How wonderful that he wants to save the day! I love his imagination.

Hopes@Staying Afloat! said...

JDaniel4's Mom,

Me too! He saves the day almost every single day! I never get tired of it.

Bees With Honey said...

Aw, your little man sounds so sweet. I bet he COULD save the world if he tried!

Hopes@Staying Afloat! said...

Bees With Honey,

He really is! He is such a love! He will say hello to everyone he meets, ask how they are doing, and what their name is! He warms the heart of all who meet him!

Sarah said...

This is so sweet! I have a 5 yr old superhero too. These days, he swoops around in his cape and Batman "glubs" trying to save his older siblings from their homework! ha ha!
I really wonder how his big heart will carry over into adulthood. ... but I'm in no hurry to get there!
I love this sweet post! It was so kind and really well written!

Hopes@Staying Afloat! said...

Sarah,

Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting! I truly appreciate it!

Oh I love how your 5 year old says "glubs" that is so adorable!!

Maybe we could get a band of 5 year old superheroes together and actually start saving the world, one owie at a time?

I hope you come and visit again soon!