|Superman, Ninja Turtle, and Mr. Incredible all made an appearance a couple Halloween's ago. |
Abi was a witch... "a NICE witch"... who didn't need super powers cuz she had magic. ha ha!
Matthew was obsessed with Spiderman when he was 4 and saw the first Tobey Maguire Spiderman movie. We actually had a turtle named "Peter Parker" for a while. Jack likes Superman the best. Because we're Mythbusters super fans, the kid applied laws of physics to explain why Superman's hair is never wind blown and he doesn't get bugs in his teeth. (Hint: it has to do with a fixed vortex created when he holds that one arm out in front of him while he flies.) Joshua loves The Green Lantern. He actually calls him "The Gleen Lantorn" and became his number one fan after he got a Justice League DVD for his 4th birthday.
That being said, I'm kinda annoyed with the PG-13 rated versions of super hero movies that have been coming out lately. I'm not taking my 5 yr old to a PG-13 movie sight unseen. Don't the people making those movies know that little kids LOVE those characters and want to see them movies? I realize that we adult dorks with an undying love for comic book heroes have some clout money-wise but, I'm irritated that my kids will get excited about seeing a super hero movie only to have it quashed because of the rating. What's with stocking all the toy aisles in Target and WallyWorld full of dress up stuff and action figures from movies that clearly weren't made with kids in mind? That bugs me.
Side note: I have my own favorite super heroes too. The first Iron Man was great but the sequel was crap. Tony Stark was completely unlikeable in part 2. All of the forward progress in unselfishness that he made in the first movie was nowhere to be found in part 2. He had no redeeming qualities and we won't let our kids watch that movie for that reason. The story was crap.
I found the same thing to be true about The Green Hornet. I was totally stoked to see that movie... the Green Hornet is my favorite comic book hero. The movie didn't do his character justice. At. All. In fact, he lacked character completely. Sure he fought the bad guys... but Britt Reid II was a total tool in his regular life even after he found purpose as The Green Hornet. The movie had a lot of moments that are totally inappropriate for kids... which was also annoying because my kids got excited to see it after The Mythbusters did a special about stunts from the movie. Once again, crap story + lack of moral compass = Mama and Daddy RiceCake don't let the little RiceCakes watch.
All that aside, I think that being a Mom definitely puts me in a league with super heroes. Never mind that I have dual identities as Mom and Wife... and really a third, some people actually call me "Sarah." I know... shocking.
I came up with my own list of things I think qualify me as having super powers!
1. Utility belt... Mom-size purse... I don't see a difference. In fact, I'm pretty sure my purse hold more stuff than Batman's belt. I'd like to see him try to occupy 4 kids under 10 in a doctor's waiting room with a grappling hook.
2. Super Mom Speed. I'm pretty sure I run upstairs "faster than a speeding bullet" when I hear a kid puking.
3. Stains are evil and I fight them daily.
4. I can be more than one identity at the same time. Example: Helping with homework (teacher), making dinner while talking on the phone to Dave (wife), giving a sick kid Tylenol (Mom), and commenting on blogs (Sarah), and tweeting to Carri (@MamaRiceCake) all at the same time.
5. I'm certain that MacGyver could use all the random stuff in my Suburban to break out of a POW camp. And I've taken enough physics and watched enough retro TV to be that guy too. (I know, you're gonna say that Mac wasn't a super hero... but he WAS a creative genius. Don't even try to tell me that motherhood doesn't involve being a creative genius. I will cut you.)
6. Small children hush within seconds of receiving my "Mom Look"... even if it's bounced off the rear view mirror.
7. Give me a pound of ground beef, an onion, a pound of pasta, and some tomatoes and I'll give you dinner for 6... in under 30 minutes.
8. Super Mom Hearing. I hear my kids rolling over in their beds upstairs in the middle of the night, with their doors shut. I can also hear sneaky, conniving behind bedroom doors and kids who fell off their bike and are now crying when they're still a block away.
9. Mom Memory. I'm a living, breathing medical record book for all 6 people who live in my house but, I can't remember why I walked into this room.
10. Mom Frugality. I can occupy small children all day at home, all summer for under $100... and they LIKE it!
So sound off... what are your parenting super powers?