Mommies Aren’t Really People, Are They?

My oldest son, age 5 & 3/4, impresses people often with his advanced vocabulary. He’s got words, man, and he’s not afraid to use them. But the maturity to make sense all the time, that’s another thing. Recently he said a few things to me that made me burst out laughing–yes, in front of him–I know I’m a bad Mommy for doing that. But he handled it well both times.

For instance, last week I walked down the alley behind our house to collect him from a friend’s backyard. It was dinner time. He was a little slow in coming, so I challenged him to a race. To his amazement, I actually took off running (it’s only four houses away). I heard him yelling, “Stop, Mommy. Stop running!” Yes, I beat him home, but at least he was hurrying behind me (mission accomplished). When we stopped in the driveway, he exclaimed, “Mommy, why were you running? Grown-ups aren’t supposed to run!” And he meant it! He was truly amazed that I could and would try to beat him in a footrace. I used to fake it, pretending to run, but would always let him catch up. Oh, the price of growing up!

Today I met a friend for coffee while the kids stayed with Nana, a substitute grandmother we are blessed to have nearby. On our way home, Nate asked me who I had been talking to. I told him it was a friend he didn’t know, because I’d only met her recently. He said, in this incredulous voice, “You can make new friends?” As though that were an impossibility. “Uh, yeah, Mommy can make new friends. Happens quite a lot, actually. Thanks!”

Super Man

Call me dim, or maybe young, but back in the early 80s when the Christopher Reeve Superman movies came out, I focused a whole lot more on Lois Lane and the love story than I did on how Superman got to Earth. I mean, we’re talking Christopher Reeve in his prime! And I was a pre-teen romantic.

But now that I make an effort, I can remember the kryptonite and the space capsule that shot Superman as a baby onto earth and into that farm yard, where he was found and adopted by a nice couple. Somewhere in there was a voice from beyond, telling this beautiful alien child that he was sent to Earth because humans “lack the light to show the way.” “For this reason,” continues the voice, “I have sent them you, my only son.” And of course he’s got these super-human powers, which he only uses for good.

See any parallels here? Any allusions to another “super” man who was sent by his Father to show us earthlings a thing or two about truth? Yes, with the upcoming release of the new movie “Superman Returns,” people are talking up the “Superman as Jesus” angle. I confess, it never occurred to me back in the day, but here’s an article that enlightened me to the current buzz. You might find it interesting, or you might be thinking, “Duh! Old news. Where has she been all these years?”

I can only say in my defense, “I was 10! And Christopher Reeve was so cute!”