Have you ever known someone and you really wanted them to like you, and you try really hard but you get the impression that they are just not that into you? Sometimes I get that same impression from my kids.
I, like most mothers, have been known to exert an insane amount of energy trying to ensure that my kids are having a good time. I have pitched a million baseballs, held the seat of a bike less its training wheels and been goalie in so many soccer games I’ve lost count. While my husband is a great dad, he dosen’t try as hard, yet the kids idolize him. He’ll come home from golf and the boys will run to him like he’s just sunk the tie-breaking putt at the Masters. Then, they’ll all run in the house, David will lie on the sofa and the kids will crawl up and sit on his belly and they’ll all watch the Golf Network. All the while I’m left holding the fire-lit batons I’d been juggling all afternoon and thinking, “You’ve got to be kidding me. They would never let me get away with watching TV with them!”
Awhile back, Evan found David’s old UCCB graduation ring.
“What’s this, Daddy?,” Evan asked, while presenting the ring.
David put on the ring and without hesitation said “This is my superhero ring. When I put it on it gives me my super powers,” David tells our two awestruck boys.
He then made a fist and pointed the ring to the sky and shouted “By the power of Gray scull!”
The boys looked as if they were staring at a 7-foot super being that was mutating right before their eyes. As if David had to give them another reason to worship him. He thought his tale was genious and very humerous.
“David,” I said later. “I don’t think you realize the potential implications of what you’ve told the boys,” I explained. “The boys might think they can jump off a roof or run across the street super fast because their Dad has super powers.”
David just laughed and said I was being dramatic- something I hear a lot.
“Tina, every six year old thinks their Dad is a superhero,” he explained.
If left me wondering what they think of their moms. Fortunately, I think I know what my boys think of me.
But just in case, I bought a Wonder Woman costume on Ebay!