After that, Spider Man moved in. That was pretty profound.
Iron Man came next. I may have blogged about this when it happened, but one night I went upstairs to say goodnight to Todd and when I leaned over to kiss him, my toe kicked something under his bed. Being the responsible, fastidious mom that I am, I leaned down and looked under his bed in what was probably the first time in three years…and I discovered that the space was stuffed full of scrap metal: hub caps, shards of welding leftovers from the shop, rusty bolts, springs, sections of pipe.
“Todd,” I marveled (pun intended). “What is going ON under here?”
“I’ve been collecting stuff to build an Iron Man suit,” he answered, as if it were just an everyday thing.
My heart melted right there on the spot and I vowed not to look under his bed for another three years. Ha.
While football, basketball, and boxing have vied for Todd’s attention at various times in the past few years, he has never lost his love for and fascination with superheroes, and Captain America has been his current fixation over the past several months.
During this same timeframe, Todd has taken to looking at cosplay (costume play) costumes of Captain America on the internet. Cosplay costumes, you may or may not be aware, are more amped-up versions of run-of-the-mill Halloween costumes in that they’re designed for the more serious fan and are constructed of better materials…and are built to last.
Translation: They are expensive.
Still, Todd decided a few months ago that he wanted to save his money to buy a Captain America costume, and after pondering and planning and waiting, he was finally able to order one a few weeks ago.
Not sure I’ve ever seen a kid so happy. He already had a shield he’d pulled the trigger on several months ago, so now he’s in full Captain America mode.
I love that Todd has such a strong interest in superheroes. Even though he may never achieve the superhuman strength, agility, reflexes, speed, and resilience that superheroes possess, I love that he idolizes characters whose purpose is to protect those who can’t protect themselves.
A mama can’t ask for more than that!