Sunday, June 26, 2005

capes and friends

I was talking to Ro about superheroes recently. He doesn't know much about them as we've kept him pretty isolated from that sort of thing but he's really attracted to the little bits he's seen. Because of various playground encounters, we've been having a change of heart because his lack of knowledge is really interfering with his interaction with other children. We repeatedly meet kids who want Ro to play ninja turtles, power rangers, star wars, etc. Ro has no idea what they're talking about and can't figure out how to play with them beyond running and making shooting sounds, which does constitute a lot of it but there's important dialog as well.

Anyhow, two days after our initial superhero discussion Ro was holding an index card on top of a tiny plastic bicycle and making it fly around. I asked him what he was doing and he told me it was Super Bike. The next day, he had a blanket around his neck and was leaping off the couch yelling "Super Roey!" So, after one exposure, he clearly took away that capes are an important clothing item for superheroes.

Daddy asked Ro who his best friend was today and Ro said it was me but referred to me by my first name rather than by Mommy. I was pretty surprised - but pleasantly so.


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