This post was inspired by Mamakat‘s writing prompt: Are you on Pinterest? Share the last five items you pinned, choose one and let it inspire a blog post.

Did you know superheroes aren’t born, but they’re made? By their circumstances, by their upbringing, by their sister?

Superheroes perform the most amazing feats. Especially when it comes to their 11-year-old sister. They swoop in and clean up destroyed bedrooms without even asking so that she can get Oreos after dinner. They put her needs and wants first—choice of TV show, type of cereal, family activities. “Let’s go swimming because she likes it best. Let’s get Fruit Loops because that’s her favorite. We all like Tom and Jerry and she loves it so let’s watch that. If you go back to work Mom, we can get her on the bus. As long as you do her hair!” They aren’t ashamed to be her brothers, they’re proud. They’re not embarrassed by the “weird” things she does, they join in. They don’t help her or be with her out of obligation, but because they want to. They love mightily and they’re happy to be her brother.

That’s what a real superhero looks like.

Sometimes a superhero’s mother might worry that being a superhero all the time is frustrating, annoying, unfair. And there might be times when the superhero feels that way and everyone will understand. Superhero moms feel that way sometimes too. But one thing these SuperBoys know is that even though it’s not always easy, it’s right. It’s the right thing to do and it feels good. Damn good.

You might ask “Where do these superheroes come from?” They follow their SuperDad.

They seem him love their mother and their sister with all of his heart…and he’s not afraid to show it. They watch him pitch in and help out and not only do it without complaint, but enjoy it. They watch him give Mom a break when she needs it and take a break when he needs it. They watch him treat their sister like she’s perfect, because she is, and they do the same.

These SuperBoys are loud, they’re messy, they sometimes smell…but they are fantastic. If you ever get the opportunity to meet one, to befriend one, or maybe even to love one, don’t pass up that chance. They are pretty super.


11 responses to “Superheroes

  1. What an amazing tribute to your darling super heros! It brought tears to my eyes.

  2. As a mom of two boys, I have a couple of those pinned onto my boards as well.

    This was an absolutely beautiful post.

  3. They are indeed, SUPER! And so are you.

  4. I loved every word of this. Every word. When we as parents realize that our children are not feeling obligatory, but acting naturally, that’s the best feeling in the world. Understanding that supermom and superdad get bogged down by life’s challenges too goes a long way. Your boys and the way they are with their sister, is a direct response to how you parent them all. That I believe wholeheartedly.

  5. They are absolutely heroes and amazing gentlemen too, and if you’re not Wonderwoman, I don’t know who is.

  6. Awww. so sweet those boys of yours! Love your post! 🙂

  7. Love this! Love the pictures too!

  8. I love how you used what you pinned to share the message. Very touching.

  9. What an amazing post! The pictures are fantastic 🙂

  10. That was a great inspirational post. Thank you for sharing.

  11. Love this! Especially the part about dad being a role model. So sweet!

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