Local to me, there has been a commercial from an electric company playing 102 times on Hulu (I’m currently binging on Felicity).
I like the commercial because it has a mom and kids and they’re playing- it’s short and sweet. The thing about it that gets me is that it makes a point that we don’t know what our kids will be when they will grow up… a doctor, a lawyer, superhero. There isn’t much of a difference between a doctor and a superhero in this house, and my kids often say they’d like to be both.
When Great Pretenders offered me offer to send me some super cute gear I couldn’t say no. As I scrolled through the pages of adorable costumes that could be colored in like capes, skirts, aprons… I came across exactly the thing that our family needed right now a superhero and a doctor one in the same- perfect for my duo.
For months I’ve been alluding to Addie’s surgery and last week I finally published about it. Each and every day becomes more and more real- the doctors, the procedure, the recovery… but more so our need for a superhero.
For Addie, doctors and superheros are one in the same. They both possess super powers, like Doc G! He seems to always be there when we need him and fixes her most common issue: her ears. In fact, just last week, we needed him and he showed up in the form of a canceled appointment. As usual, he was right on time. Not exactly what we wanted, especially weeks before surgery, however it was an answer. Our hero. Even Millie was excited to see him, knowing he would make Addie feel better.
The girls have spent hours in their outfits, from time outside sliding down their slide, to playing in their Clubhouse. And then inside to some of the most touching moments, like Millie holding hands with a baby doll as Dr. Addie give her a shot. When she smiled up at me and said, “Just like you do, Mom,” I was sure I was going to lose it.
Does she see me as a super hero? I don’t know… but she sees and feels my compassions. She related my hand holding to her own baby. #heartburst
I’ve fallen in love!
And they’ve so fallen in love with dressing up that I actually gave them the hook rack I was using to hang my race medals on! Really, no one cares about my racing. Truly my imagination grows by watching them play.
By hanging their costumes on the wall, they can get to them anytime they want. Over the years we’ve had a few things come from Great Pretenders including beautiful wings which Addie still loves wearing! They’re actually one of her friend Hunter’s favorite things to wear around the house (that and a tiger tail!). He’s often picking things up, re-engineering them, handing them back to me, asking questions… one of my favorite things is that he wears the doctor outfit and he runs around with a drum. He reminds me a lot of Addie’s geneticist Dr. Bober. He’s not only an amazing doctor, but a really great drummer!
It’s one of the things I love about all of these sparks we provide for the kids, giving them a spark which ignites their imagination. Again, I come back to this commercial I keep seeing; we don’t know what our kids will be when they grow up- a doctor, a lawyer, a superhero. In my mind they can be anything they want and it certainly isn’t relegated to just one thing or another. Both girls can be whatever they want, but I hope, to each other, they always remain each other’s superhero and the one who mends the other in times of need- doctor or not.
I can imagine them being one thing or another but knowing that they’re my girls I’m sure they’ll surprise me in the end. I encourage you to check out some of the awesome items from Great Pretenders that will spark your children’s imaginations!
What would your child love most? Is it something they could color, or something they could build? Something they could wear and take on a whole new role, or pretend to be all grown up with a career? I look forward to seeing some of the things that you would choose for your own child. Have a great week reader and don’t forget to never stop imagining!