An Unlikely Hero
My 7 year old son has fallen in love with your Kid's Meal comic books. Two nights ago, my husband had to work late. We’re moving into a new home next week and I was feeling exhausted and overwhelmed navigating dinner alone. I told my kids (7,5,2) that the next 10 days are going to be a little wild and we’ll all have to work hard and be patient. As we were finishing dinner, my son got up from the table and took his dishes to the sink without being asked. Not an unusual task for him, but worthy of a thanks. I went to the kitchen to begin cleaning and asked him to bring me his brother’s plate, to which my son replied, “Sure, Mom. No problem.” So sweet. He proceeded to bring my daughter’s plate, without being asked. I started to praise him abundantly and he replied, “Mom. Did you know you don’t have to have super powers to be a hero?” I started going a little overboard at this point. “That’s right! And you’re my hero for helping me like this!” To which he says, “That’s what I wanted. I read in ‘Speed Steer’ that kids can be super heroes, too, by doing what they can to help. Serving one another is part of being in a family and that’s what I want to do now. I want to serve you so I can be your hero.” I was stunned. And a little sorry I never paid attention to those comic books I’d so quickly dismissed. I’d only encouraged him to read them for literacy’s sake.
After much high fiving, I had to attend to the baby. When I came back, my son was washing the place-mats as he sees his dad do most nights after supper. Then I caught him wiping off the table. And a moment later, he was picking up pasta and wiping the floor. None of which are his jobs. To top it all off, I could tell he was proud of himself and not in the negative sense, as is his inclination. He wasn't seeking righteousness or elevation. He was genuinely pleased to be contributing and to know he was making a difference for me. It was one of my all-time favorite parenting moments. Thank you!