Sometimes my boys really do surprise me. I’m not talking about big surprises like making me breakfast in bed for no reason I’m talking about the little surprises like when they try a new food that I’m sure they will hate or complain about but instead the gobble it up and ask for more. These little surprises have been popping up more and more lately the newest one happened on Saturday when I took B back to school shopping for his new backpack and lunch bag. I was SO sure (along with anyone that really knows B) we were going to come home with an Iron Man, Avengers or Batman back pack and for about 15 minutes it was looking like that was the direction he was going. As soon as he saw the black, red and orange backpack he picked it up and in his most excited and loud voice he claimed the Iron Man backpack as his and kept telling me how it was the coolest backpack there so we ventured in the direction of the lunch bags and that’s when it happened. I turned to ask him what kind of lunch bag he wanted and he wasn’t right at my heels. Naturally my mommy heart stopped for a couple beats until I looked down the row of backpacks we just walked by and he was standing there just staring. As I got closer to him I noticed that he was staring at a backpack that didn’t have a a superhero stuck on the front no cape, no mask to conceal the secret identity just a blue animal (a platypus to be exact). B’s newest cartoon obsession is Phineas and Ferb, not something I would have ever been into and it drives me insane (what is their older sisters issue she is such a brat) but he is LOVING it. As I got closer to him I asked him what he was looking at and as excited as Ive seen him since his birthday he grabbed the backpack and yelled ‘its Perry Platypus! I didn’t even know they made this backpack’ and then it came time to make the tough decision it took a total of 15 minutes (yes I timed him) to decide between the Iron Man backpack and the Perry backpack but Perry won out which changed the mood of the day. I was excited that he finally had something that wasn’t plastered with some sort of superhero and he was excited for school to show off his backpack which was the coolest backpack ever.
My second surprise that day came when it came time to pick out lunch bags. I told him he could pick out whatever lunch bag he wanted and it would hold his snacks and lunch for school so he had to make sure it had enough room for the food he wanted to take to school. Naturally the first one he saw and grabbed was a batman one and being his mom for the past 5 years (3 of which he has spent consumed with superheros) I saw and knew he was going to grab the batman one that even had a little cape on the back to up the cool factor. He inspected it and kept telling me it was really cool but it just didn’t have enough room for all the food he needed to take to school but he held onto it until he found the perfect one which was basically a reusable paper bag but much cuter. They had it in all sorts of colours and instead of getting the solid blue one (which I was positive would be the one he would choose since its his favorite colour) he picked one that had a bunch of coloured squares and he kept telling me it was ‘perfect’.
Usually the surprises I get from my boys are ones I have to clean and scrub but occasionally I get these little surprises that show me other sides of the little people I’m raising. Although B has spent the past 3 years completely immersed in superheros his interests are starting to branch out a little and he is realizing there is more outside ‘Superhero City’ and other things can be cool as well but as I sit here typing this and listening to him fight bad boys in his room I know that superheroes are still going to be around for a while and why not. They are cool, they have super powers and they always save the day and when your 5 that’s all that matters.