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.
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.