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  • A Red Cape Does Not A Super Hero Make

    August 13, 2008

    “Mom, I need a red cape,” Sean said to me this afternoon as I was standing at the kitchen sink trying to get dinner ready. “I’m going to be Superman!”

    “Well, does it have to be red?” I asked. I had some red fabric in my fabric stash upstairs, but I didn’t want to stop what I was doing and dig it out. “You’ve got that swatch of material with the hearts on it in your toybox. Can’t that be a cape?”

    He scowled at me.

    “Mo-om!” he gunted at me in disgust.  “Superman doesn’t have hearts on his cape! His cape is red!”

    “Oh,” I said.

    “Do you really think it’s the cape that makes Superman super?” I asked, stalling for time, hoping he’d reconsider the fabric conveniently located in the toy box.

    He fell silent and looked down at the floor.

    When he looked up again, he whispered, “No. It’s his heart.”

    Wow, I thought. That’s good. Because I was going to say kryptonite.

    And then I stopped what I was doing, went upstairs and dug out the red fabric for Superman’s cape.

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    1. Lucienne says:

      Correction: kryptonite actually weakens Superman. (I have a sixteen year old brother who is like obsessed with Smallville, which is a show portraying Superman as a teen). But that pic is adorable! And your Sean sounds so very profound!

      August 13th, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    2. Antique Mommy says:

      Yeah, I flunked super heros. I have no idea on that kind of thing.

      August 13th, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    3. Dawn @ My Home Sweet Home says:

      Did you know that I’m a Smallville fanatic? I think Sean is onto something: his heart. I like that answer.

      See you in Vegas, buddy. 😉

      August 13th, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    4. Swirl Girl says:

      Love your Superman . And am amazed that you have a ‘fabric stash’? Should I take that to mean , you sew and stuff like that?

      August 13th, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    5. Big Mama says:

      He looks so big in that picture!

      August 14th, 2008 at 12:14 am

    6. feefifoto says:

      Not wanting to be a wet blanket here, but my sister nearly choked to death at Sean’s age when she tied a cape around her neck and the cape caught on our back yard slide. You might want to consider pinning the cape to his shoulders instead.

      August 14th, 2008 at 12:26 am

    7. Minnesotamom says:

      That boy continues to astound me with his better-than-Sunday-School answers.

      August 14th, 2008 at 12:28 am

    8. Jessica says:

      Clearly a superhero in the making!

      August 14th, 2008 at 12:29 am

    9. Elizabeth Channel says:

      I love boys and capes! Even at 8 and 6, mine still thrill to them! Since both of mine went through long stages where capes were necessities, I found the velcro strips will hold them on well without the choking concern. (Not much of a seamstress over here…)

      August 14th, 2008 at 12:46 am

    10. Janera says:

      Great memories! Both my boys lived in costumes, but the oldest? Oh, my. Cowboy boots, Power Ranger underwear, Batman cape, cowboy hat, and a holster full of weaponry of various sorts.

      Armed to the gills, that boy was.

      Cherish this memory. And thanks for calling mine back up.

      August 14th, 2008 at 12:51 am

    11. Ortizzle says:

      Do you have any of that red material left over?
      Because I think I need some.
      Before I jump off the balcony.

      just kiiiiidddddinnnnng! (but not about the cape. i still want that.)

      August 14th, 2008 at 1:20 am

    12. Carrie says:

      Hey, maybe a cape like that would give me a little more spring in my step!

      August 14th, 2008 at 4:53 am

    13. Brigitte says:

      Oh, your boy is too much! He’s the wisest 4-year-old I’ve ever “met”.

      August 14th, 2008 at 5:28 am

    14. HarryJack'sMom says:

      Oh, he has a Super Heart – great job, mama! (and AD, too, I’ll bet). Just curious, were you able to keep your eyes dry and did your own heart grow three sizes? I’m mush when they do such super things :wub:

      August 14th, 2008 at 7:10 am

    15. rrmama says:

      Very nice, Superman! I love the picture. By the way, Super Mom, great job on the cape, just look at the smile on his face!

      August 14th, 2008 at 8:20 am

    16. Adventures In Babywearing says:

      We were red-caping it yesterday thanks to a red bandanna. Thankfully 2 year olds aren’t too particular about patterns just yet…


      August 14th, 2008 at 8:55 am

    17. Mary says:

      This kid of yours is amazing…you know it?

      August 14th, 2008 at 9:05 am

    18. Stephanie says:

      Then that makes him a superhero in my eyes.

      August 14th, 2008 at 9:09 am

    19. Antique Mommy says:

      Mary, Yeah I know it. Sometimes the stuff he says startles me and it kind of freaks me out. And I wonder how a doofus like me got such a thoughtful and tender hearted little fella.

      August 14th, 2008 at 9:17 am

    20. Refrigerator Art blogger says:

      I used to fasten my kids’ capes with a clothes pin. That way, it would easily pop off if the cape caught on anything. What a cute little guy!

      August 14th, 2008 at 9:43 am

    21. Jessica says:

      What a precious child! You’re doing something very right, AM.

      August 14th, 2008 at 9:43 am

    22. Margie says:

      An awesome little boy.

      August 14th, 2008 at 9:57 am

    23. Katherine says:

      That is one right minded young man you’re raising there! Combine this with last post’s “It’s ok. I understand.” and I believe you and AD have Antique youngin!

      August 14th, 2008 at 9:58 am

    24. Kelly @ Love Well says:

      If all a superhero needs is heart and a red cape, you’ve got yourself a superhero there.

      August 14th, 2008 at 10:21 am

    25. Kelly @ Wisdom Begun says:

      That is just precious. Sigh.
      And the picture melts my heart.
      Another great post, AM.

      August 14th, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    26. Marie says:

      You two sure are quick thinkers! So cute.

      August 14th, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    27. Common Mom says:

      Your little dude is wise beyond his years. We should all take a lesson 🙂

      And, I have to agree with Sean, a red cape is a must if you’re going to be Superman . . . it would be really tough to fight crime and reverse the spinning of the world while wearing a cape with hearts on it 😉

      August 14th, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    28. Mary says:

      By the way, methinks you are far from a doofus! 😉

      August 14th, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    29. Mary says:

      As far as the choking thing goes… a little strip of velcro on the red cape…..that way if he gets caught on something….it will pull apart if he wiggles enough!
      I once made a very nice lined cape for a nephew for a halloween costume (dracula)….it was easy to do…used cheap lining fabric and it was used for years in the costume box!

      August 14th, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    30. Jen says:

      OH, so sweet. And my 5 year old son would concur, it is his heart but also his cape.

      August 15th, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    31. edj says:

      Abel was obsessed with Superman for years (and Superman is still very near and dear to him). He told me once (he was about 5) that he and his friend Erik were both going to be Supermen when they grew up. “The world could use 2 Supermen,” he told me.

      August 15th, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    32. Roxanne says:

      Loved the story and the photo. . .LOVED THEM.

      August 15th, 2008 at 10:18 pm

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