Sunday, May 2, 2010

Everyday Heros

Forget Superman. Batman? Not necessary.

Spiderman? Rambo? Mad Max? No, we don't need them around our house.

Ghostbusters? Nope. When Lukas is in trouble, who do you think he's going to call? For Daddy or Mommy, of course. Ok, so mostly he cries in these situations. But Mrs. LIAYF or I come always come running to rescue him from whatever fix he has gotten himself into, and we always make things better.

Apparently to a 2 1/2 year old this qualifies us for super status.
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For example, just yesterday I heard a desperate cry come from Lukas' bedroom. I dropped everything immediately and ran in to find...nothing. Then I heard him cry again. He was under the crib. I peered underneath to find him lying there one leg propped in the air, his sock was caught in the wire springs that hold up the mattress. I reached in and quickly freed the sock, bringing an instant end to the cries.

"Yay Daddy!! You saved me. You saved me!" He kept repeating over and over, with a look of reverence on his face.

I patted his head and told him "That's what daddy's are here for son."

Of course, this work is not always glamorous. A few days ago Mrs. LIAYF called me into the bathroom and handed me the plunger. Apparently Lukas, as small as he is, can still manage to do enough of his business to clog up the upstairs toilet.

My son intently watched as I worked the suction cupped stick up and down a few times, all the while with a noticeable grimace on my face, until at last the clog was cleared. Then as the toilet drained I caught a glimpse of my little guy standing there with his hands up in the air and a huge smile across his face.

"Yay daddy. You're a hero! You're a HERO!" he exclaimed. This instantly brought a smile to my face as I raised the plunger over my head in triumph. This was short lived, as a couple of drips rained down on me, but the mood still remained fun.

Let me tell you. Life would be a heck of a lot more tolerable if we all had a little person following us around, cheering our everyday accomplishments. I'm sure that soon enough Lukas will find some media generated hero to look up to. But, until then I will revel in the fact that between us, Mrs. LIAYF and I make up our own super version of The Justice League.

Now, all I need is a cape and a cool gadget belt. And who knows, Mrs. LIAYF may just get an invisible jet for Mother's Day.

22 comments:

PJ Mullen said...

My son is obsessed with the plunger on the few occasions we've had to use it. Let me know where you get your gadget belt because that would be pretty sweet.

daddymojo said...

Mad Max, he was a very cool anti hero. Yes, ours is only 7 months, I'm looking forward to the times when I can rescue socks or toys from dangerous happenings.

SciFi Dad said...

And the fact that you do this without any visible legs (given the above image) makes you all the more remarkable.

Mighty M said...

Oh, even with the ew drip factor - that is awesome! :)

Chris (@tessasdad) said...

Great story. Can't wait for those days!

Ed said...

You'll still be his hero -- even after he stops telling you. That's when you have to be careful not to let your guard down. It really sucks when you realize your hero is human.

(no pressure.)

WeaselMomma said...

Oh, I'm sure that your comic book loving self already owns a cape. Just take it out of the closet and dust it off. No Spandex bodysuit though, please.

TipAlert Team said...

Too funny!

Jessi said...

We have a thing in my house when I "rescue" someone. Brynna says, "You're a hero!" and I say, "Mommy to the Rescue!" and she says, "Here's a Christmas cookie!" I have no idea how this started or why.

ZenMom said...

I want to grow up to be the super-hero my kids think I am. :)

Drew Gilbert said...

Duh, why do you think I procreated to begin with? There wasn't nearly enough of a cheering section with just my wife!

Good post brother.
Drew

Steve said...

Funnily I have my Superman t-shirt on as I type. It's fun being a super-hero at any age.

Jack said...

It is good to be the king- enjoy it for we know not when it ends.

Joe @ IrrationalDad said...

Plunger man!!!!

A couple days ago, I found Tyler's toy fireman. He clapped his hands and shouted "Yayyyyyyy!" It was glorious.

Keith Wilcox said...

That's fantastic. Now all you need is your own theme song and a costume :-) But, of course, there'll be a day when you aren't a hero anymore, the teenage years. Then, later on, somewhere in your 70's you'll become a hero again. I enjoy every day I get to do something little for my boys that manages to impress them. makes me feel good. Thanks.

DC Urban Dad said...

Do you have a cool ride too?

Lady Mama said...

Very funny! When else in our lives are we going to be superheros again? Enjoy it!

If I Could Escape . . . said...

Awwww, you are a hero! My little one is going through this funny stage of worshipping his dad because in his words "he can fix EVERYTHING and you can't, Mummy!" Hmmph. I may have to sign up for one of those DIY courses for women that Lowes have.

handstowar said...

I rescued DLG the other day when she lodged herself in the Kitty Door I just installed leading into our garage. She didn't call me a hero because I don't think she knows what that is yet... but it felt good to rescue her from what I'm sure she thought of as being a life threatening situation.

handstowar said...

I rescued DLG the other day when she lodged herself in the Kitty Door I just installed leading into our garage. She didn't call me a hero because I don't think she knows what that is yet... but it felt good to rescue her from what I'm sure she thought of as being a life threatening situation.

James (SeattleDad) said...

@PJ - Funny how they like those.

@Daddy Mojo - oh in time you will be king of the world!

@Scifi - I feel like half a man now.

@Mighty M - It was a bit of Ewww.

@Chris - Thanks

@Ed - Yeah, I'll have to be on my best behavior.

@Weasle Momma - That is a bad image there.

@Tip Alert - Thanks for stopping by.

@Jessi - that is hilarious.

@Zen Mom - So true.

@Drew - Even the cheering from the wife fades after a while, so its nice to have the kid.

@Steve - I need one of those too.

@Jack - Probably when we least expect it too.

@Joe - What would be my sidekick. Draino Boy?

@Keith - Yes, it's great to feel so admired. And I do need a theme song.

@DC - I ride around on a urinal

@Lady Mama - Now is the fun time.

@Karen - Just be a hero by making cookies. That would do it for Lukas.

@Handstowar - I'm sure she was thinking it. Revering you at least.

Ordinary Dad said...

I'm going to shovel the snow tomorrow. I hope my daughter calls me a HERO when I'm done.

That post was awesome!