08.3.2011

Why We Need Superheroes

Today we’re presenting another very special blog entry by my wife, The Irrepressible Gena! Just a little background for you, my wife is not a geek. She’s a wonderful (and gorgeous) normal person. Without further ado, The Irrepressible Gena…

I’ve never actually understood my husband’s hobby. For years, he has been collecting superhero figurines and reading comic books. I think since he was at least 10 years old. I’ve never been able to figure out what draws people to stories about Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Firestorm (my husband’s favorite character). Is it the costumes? Or the powers they have? What is it….

I was surfing channels on TV last night, when it hit me. One bad news story after another. News shows talked about the Casey Anthony trial. The “love child” of John Edwards. A missing child in a far away state. Sexual predator arrested in Florida. More and more sad, depressing stories. I turned off the TV and decided we do need superheroes.

My parents were my “superheroes.” But not everyone is so lucky. Caylee Anthony. Michael David and Alexander Tyler Smith. Paul, Luke, Mary, Noah and John Yates. I am sure you recognize the name Caylee Anthony since the trial is going on now. Do you remember Susan Smith? She killed her two sons by driving her car into a lake. Andrea Yates killed her five children because they couldn’t be “saved.” You get the idea.

Your parents are supposed to be your role models. Give you unconditional love. If your parents aren’t the ones who teach you right from wrong, then you turn to others. So, maybe superheroes aren’t so bad. Everyone needs a good role model.

So bring on the superhero movies….Captain America, Green Lantern, Spider-man.

The Irrepressible Gena

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9 Responses to “Why We Need Superheroes”

  1. Saepe Says:

    Are you married to Lea Thompson? o_O

  2. Shag Says:

    @Saepe – No, but she hears that a lot. I’ve met Lea Thompson, and no offense to the actress, but my wife is prettier. :)

  3. Shag Says:

    And for the record (since my mother was worried after reading this post), The Irrepressible Gena was not trying to say that I lacked positive parental role models. She was suggesting that others might find inspiration in superheroes. My parents are great!

  4. Frank Says:

    Captain America was my daddy. Just sayin’.

  5. SDTB Says:

    Gena,
    That’s EXACTLY why we need superheroes. I was very blessed to have two wonderful parents who were great role models & appreciated, and still do appreciate, my weirdness. We also need them for fantasy, as we do art, music, and conventional literature- superheroes take us away to our imagination. And if you have a healthy imagination, you can do almost anything you dream of. Thank You!
    Colin
    super-dupertoybox.blogspot.com

  6. ekko Says:

    word to the muther.

  7. James Says:

    The news depresses the mess out of me too and I love it when you hear those few stories of someone standing up to the bad guy. Don’t get me wrong, I know that’s a dangerous thing. It’s just cool to hear a story of someone stomping that foot down and setting that jaw and saying, “Not this time, buster!” Like that little old lady in Britain that took on four or five jewels thieves on scooters. Yeah, I know, a little old lady. But I’m sure she had the same thought that I did, “Scooters. I can take’em!”

  8. Scott Says:

    I totally agree that we need more positive influences in today’s society. It is depressing to see some of the stuff that goes on out there and it seems to get worse and worse everyday. Nicely said Gena!!

  9. Victoria Says:

    I am doing primary research into superheroes for my degree. I wanna chat if you do.

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