Monday, February 12, 2007


There are a lot of tangible milestones that your child reaches as they grow. First steps. First words. First visit with a probation officer. You could build a scrapbook around just these things and have a wonderful document of your child's early years. But, what about the less tangible things? The things that kind of sneak up on you when you're not looking and just become a part of who your child is?

I might have mentioned it before, but Chunk is the world's greatest Superman fan. His little plastic Superman, which is carried with him everywhere, is so "loved" that Chunk has managed to wear off the paint on his head, giving Superman something like male pattern baldness, as well as a disturbing amount of wear on his elbows, knees and chest, that make him look more Man of Leprosy than Man of Steel. Of course, in that great way that children are, Chunk doesn't mind a bit. All he cares about is that he has his Superman with him and he has parents that are willing to listen to his explanations that Superman can "fly fast!" over and over again, complete with "sonic-boom" style sound effects.

His status as a Superfan is just one of those things that have snuck up on us. It's just one of those things that you accept, because it just becomes a part of your child's personality.

Another thing that has just become a part of Chunk, coincidentally related to his love of Superman, is his constant use of self-generated theme music. I should explain that one. Every time Chunk takes off his coat, and I mean every time, he rips it off like he has a big, yellow S on underneath it. And, with an equally dramatic flourish, he yells "da-daaaa-daaah!" And, any spare scrap of fabric he can find is instantly labeled a cape, which he then uses to fly around the room, "fast!"

What about your child? What little things have they started to do that have just become a part of their personality?


Maria said...

Liv is seven, so she has plenty of parts of her personality that are just flailing around all over the place.

She has just discovered Harry Potter, though and now has several British expressions that she uses with gusto. One is that she "tucks" into her food, another is that she gets "bloody" mad and says "Criminy, are you off your top?"

Oh dear me, time for my spot of tea.

Rob said...

Maybe you should get Chunk the complete Seinfeld series. There is a Superman reference in every episode.

On second thought, there maybe some things Chunk shouldn't hear from Kramer.

creative-type dad said...

That's funny!

Mine just started yelling "git' ba-beee!!" in the morning when she's up

Rob Barron said...

Normally, I'm not a 'pass it on' kinda guy. So please forgive me.

Tag, you're it. Tell the greater blogosphere five odd things about yourself.

Denver Dad said...

Maria... Isn't it crazy how influenced kids are by their favorite fiction? Superman for my little guy, Harry Potter for your daughter. I suspect "criminy" is pretty funny coming from a seven year old, though. :)

Rob... Yeah, I don't want Chunk hanging out with Kramer... at all.

Creative-Type Dad... Heheh. Chunk used to cry when he woke up in the morning, so we'd come and get him. I made the mistake of telling him, "If you want to get up, just say, "Daddy!" and I'll come get you." Darn kid never forgot that. My wife snickers every time he does it, then she rolls over and goes back to sleep.

Rob Barron... ARGH! I'll take your tag and raise you a post. Or... something like that.