Dad Days of Summer: While Momania’s Theresa Walsh Giarrusso takes a vacation, local dad and sportswriter Andy Johnston will be filling in.You can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Superman is a has-been.
Batman is an afterthought.
Spider-Man is so 5 minutes ago.
Ty goes through superheroes like actors go through girlfriends.
I think Superman was the first. There was something about that red cape that grabbed my little boy’s attention.
But then Ty discovered masks, specifically those cheap plastic ones that come with Halloween costumes, so Superman was out.
No mask. No love.
Along the way he had a quick obsession with Batman and a longer one with Spider-Man, but they were eventually replaced by his current favorite – Ironman.
And I’m not sure why.
He’s never seen the movies, so I know he’s not a Robert Downey Jr. fan. I don’t think he sneaks into the den and watches “Tropic Thunder” when we’re not looking. And I think the only iron he’s familiar with is the one he sees on the rare occasions we actually try to remove the wrinkles from our clothes.
Somehow, at some point, Ironman flew his way into Ty’s mind and hasn’t left.
He has an Ironman costume with cheap mask that he wanted to wear to church, the gym, Publix and just about everywhere else. He also has an upgraded mask made of nicer plastic with an adjustable headband – thanks to grandma – Ironman action figures, Ironman tennis shoes, Ironman T-shirts, Ironman puzzles, Ironman swimming trunks and even an Ironman kickboard for the pool. When he plays his favorite game, one of those where you match things, he always has to find Ironman, obsessing over the same spot until he finds its match.
Ty only colors the Ironman pictures in his Superhero Squad coloring book, leaving me with Thor, Captain America, Thing and the rest of the gang.
I have a feeling, though, that Ironman’s time is waning in my son’s short attention span mind. He said something the other day about liking Cyclops and Hulk and voiced an interest in coloring Hawkeye.
I wonder how long it will be before he discovers Wonder Woman.
Does your kid have an obsession with superheroes? Who is their favorite?
What’s the most obscure item they have that’s associated with their favorite superhero?
- By Andy Johnston, for the Momania blog