SupermanBatmanSpidermanFireballXL500RinTinTinLassie. Repeat that quickly, 5 times!
It seems that that's about the length of time today's super heroes last, regardless of whether they fly, swim, disarm or morph.
A quick scan through the television guide and it's evident that children are sorely missing out on the "When I grow up, I want to be just like [see first sentence]."
With the swinging door that is popular culture, today's hero rarely lasts a season. Incidentally, I think those heroes and their powers allowed the imaginations of children to take flight.
Who are the heroes of today - the ones that children look up to and want to emulate? Are they the "bad boys and girls", the crotch-grabbing dancers (when did this become acceptable?), the "Bling Bling" gang leaders or the Reality Show Wannabees?
Or, as my informal survey revealed, are they people such as "Wayne Gretzky", "Obama", "My dad". How wonderful if the heroes were those who have direct contact with the kids? An aunt, a teacher, mom or, as my niece replied, "Dad." They're the ones who spend the time and model the behaviour that help to shape the next generation. More often than not, they do not get the big headlines, appear on reality television or command gigantic salaries - they are the ones who are there, behind the scenes, quietly cheering and gently (sometimes, not so gently) helping the young people take flight and reach new heights.
You don't need to fly, wear a cape or have super-human strength to make a difference and become an ordinary, everyday hero. In fact, you have everything you need to be that hero - ears to listen, eyes to see (and let them know they are visible) and arms to hug. Simple, isn't it?
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