Each and everyday I wake up thinking that today is going to be a good day. It doesn’t matter what kind of night or day I had before, I try and stay positive. My reason for being this way, my kids. Without even knowing it they help me every single day. They help me feel like today is going to be one for the books. They are the ones who help raise a smile on my face before I leave for work. Even though they are most likely still sleeping, it is these two little wonders of imagination that are my superheros.
I find it incredible how a child can change your mood in a matter of seconds. You can easily go from happy to mad when they are getting into something. But more often than not, I would like to think these little replicas of ourselves bring in an abundant amount of joy into our lives.
In the scene below from the movie Jaws, Chief Brody appears to be in deep thought about this killer shark, he’s vulnerable and has his back against the wall. He doesn’t even notice that his son is mimicking his every move. Then once he does, he plays into it. Escaping if even for just a few seconds from the terror that lurks in the water.
In this instance it isn’t the parent comforting the child. It is the child that is comforting the parent, just by doing what they do best, having fun. This is how I see my kids. I might be in an off mood or had a long day at work and the silliness of these kids is all that it takes to bring me out of my slump. Brody tells his son to give him a kiss and his son asks “why”. Brody responds with “because I need it.” He did need that kiss, just like any dad or mom having a tough day, no matter the circumstances, “because I need it” is the perfect reason.
There are other ways my kids can be included in the Williams Family Justice League of St. Louis. Many days before I head out to work, I will (if she is awake) ask Abby to be a super big helper for mommy while dad is at work. And when I get home and get the daily rundown from mom, there are always positive remarks about how helpful Abby was all day.
Alex on the otherhand cannot do much in regards to being a big helper or really even following directions. He is still learning those concepts, but he shows his true super hero colors when giving dad and mom kisses becomes a game to him. First mom, then dad, then mom, then dad again and so on and so forth. His little personality shines through when he wants, and it just melts my heart.
Even if they look to me as their Super Dad, they (and my wife of course!) are the reason I get up out of bed every morning. They are the reason I smile. They are my little superheros.
Do you have your own little superhero? What kind of things do they do to help save the day? Comment below!
It’s not always easy being super…