As boys growing up, and now as men, we’re fascinated with superheroes. We imagine ourselves as them. We play with action figures, not dolls, even though technically it’s the same thing. We read books about them. We watch cartoons about them.
We imagine ourselves with super powers coming to save the day.
It’s what we do.
Some of My Favorites
Growing up some of my favorite superheroes were G.I. Joes. I’m sure some of you will dispute the fact that G.I. Joes can be considered superheroes, but until you’ve dealt with Cobra Commander, you aren’t in a place to make that judgement in my opinion.
But, if you want my choice on my all time favorite universally recognized superhero, it’s hands down Batman. There are so many reasons Batman is the ultimate superhero. I can’t get into all of them here, but the main one is simple: he didn’t come from another planet or have some sort of genetic modifying accident.
He’s as regular a person as you can get, and for that he was and is my favorite. Side Note: The animated series is not only my favorite representation of him, its the best. Anyone that says different is crazy. 😉
(That’s my cute little Batman, proving that if you wear your pajamas, rain boots, and Batman robe to the Farmer’s Market you get make a sandbag your pillow. Plus, Batman sleeps where he wants.)
So why are we so enamored with superheroes? Why do we have this undeniable fascination with them?
I believe there is one simple and logical explanation, and it brings me to my favorite superhero of all:
As children, we see our Moms do amazing things that can only be explained by the fact that they have super powers.
Here is a short list of some of their super powers:
- They can tell what you are doing even if they aren’t in the same room as you.
- They know if you washed your hands or not, so don’t bother trying to trick them.
- This rolls right into, they know if you are lying to them or not.
- They have eyes in the back of their head. They really do.
- If you actually paid them for all of the individual jobs they do for free their salaries would rival that of professional athletes.
- They turn houses into homes.
- They can make physical injuries feel better with a kiss.
- And so much more.
The only way these things are explained is that moms are superheroes. No question about it.
Saving Our World
But the most important super power they posses, and the one that completely legitimizes their classification as superheroes is the fact that when our world is falling apart and it feels like the end is near, we all pick up the phone and call them.
Why? Because we know that they will save us.
We don’t need Superman, The Avengers or even Batman, because we know the one real superhero that will save us is mom.
My First Favorite Superhero
My own personal superheroes are my mom and my wife. These two women have probably shaped my life more than any other people on the planet.
My mom, turned a cute chubby little boy into the HappyDad I am today. That’s a super power you can’t deny.
She changed my diapers, taught me to clean up after myself, be kind to others, give, love, laugh, and organize. She took me fishing, taught me to cook, and didn’t freak out when I cut my own hair. You know the important things.
She is my first favorite superhero. (That’s my first favorite superhero at Gooseberry Falls on the North Shore of Lake Superior with the Happy Kids.)
My New Favorite Superhero
The next superhero in my life with super powers unmatched by any other is my wife.
In addition to dealing with me, which takes super powers of unbelievable proportions, she wields her super powers on our four amazing kids. Somedays when they are acting more like her arch nemesis than our kids, I am in awe of her abilities.
Her joy, dedication and infectious laugh (especially when our oldest son gets her laughing) turns our house into a home. Beyond that, she’s turning our children into adults that I look forward to calling friends, right before my eyes.
She routinely saves us and just like every good superhero she has her Fortress of Solitude or Batcave. It’s called Mommy’s Night Out. So there you have it, there is no denying her superhero pedigree.
She is my new favorite superhero. (That’s my new favorite superhero, aka Beautiful, aka my wife and me. I know I married way up!)
Celebrate The Superheroes in Your Life
I know there are some that feel that we shouldn’t celebrate Mother’s Day because of the fact that some women aren’t able to take part. While my heart truly aches for these women, especially when I hear some women blessed with children saying they wish they didn’t have them, I don’t agree that banning the celebration of our own personal superheroes is the answer. Just because we can’t all celebrate, doesn’t mean no one should.
We should care for those who aren’t able to enjoy the joys of motherhood, we should do everything we can to help them experience those joys if we are able, we should comfort them and love them, but we should still celebrate those worthy of celebrating.
So this Mother’s Day, I will be celebrating the superheroes in my life, and I hope you’ll join with me. Because if my mom taught me anything, it’s that we need to find more things to celebrate in this life not less.
I love you Mom and I love you Beautiful.
Happy Mother’s Day,
P.S. – Give your mom a call today and tell her you love her.
P.P.S. – Treat the mother of your children like the superhero she is no matter if you think she deserves it or not and you might be surprised to find her acting more and more like a superhero everyday.
P.P.P.S – I have to give credit to my other new favorite superhero my mother-in-law, but I won’t be posting a picture or saying more than that or otherwise I won’t be her favorite son-in-law anymore. 😉