We're not talking Super-heroes here, although my second beastie has a bad case of Batman-itis, but the heroes of my boys. It is so interesting to me to see who my children watch and admire. Of course they admire their daddy-he is so big, so strong and AMAZING at Lego Starwars-but the others out there who might not know they are being watched.
Gunnison has a BAD case of hero-worship for his two older brothers. They are mischievous little beasties with glints in their eyes and Gun thinks they are the most fascinating, funniest and coolest people around. I watch him watch them with his blue eyes fixed as they jump on my couch (uggh)...then the next thing I know, there he his laughing and trying to emulate. He wants to color when they color, he wants to dig his hands into their playdough, he tries to by-pass his little speedster for their bigger and better bikes. He is now sitting at the table in a booster just so he can be like his brothers. I love the fact he loves them and wants to be like them. I DO hope this persists and my other two beasties grow into the righteous warriors the Lord intends for them to be.
Gavin has two main worships-Josiah and okay...Batman...or a knight, or a super-spy or really any "super hero" type of person. Following those, he looks up to my little brother, Mack. Mack has installed himself into the type of person Gav wants to be. He talks about the way Mack loves to ride horses, plays games with them, goes fishing and hunting. Whenever Mack comes to visit, he takes the time to be with my boys-really listening to their (ENDLESS) questions and plays with them. I hope he knows how much my boys love him...AND the fact their big watchful eyes are watching what he does.
Josiah would probably tell you his hero right now is either Yoda or Luke Skywalker. He is SO into his Lego StarWars game. But-he has flesh and blood people who he watches with interest. Ross, a 9 year old boy in our ward, is a big favorite of his. He worships the way Ross "has totally beat the game" (referring yet again to Lego StarWars) and also the way he helps to take care of his little brother, Owen. He notices the fact Ross has been baptized and is always at church. He notices how kind Ross is to other kids. I appreciate he has been able to see Ross and his actions and know they are good and right. He is also in little-boy admiration for Blake, Ethan and Dylan. They all belong to a fabulous family in our ward. I will admit I'm a little in luuvvv with this family myself. I hope my boys will be as wonderful when they are their ages. Josiah again loves them for the fact they know "ALL about Starwars" but also loves them for their kindness. They always have a smile and listening ear when it comes to Jos. If anyone doesn't know, Josiah has an endless list of questions to ask and topics to speak about. He little/big mind is always turning and always thinking-thus, his mouth is always moving. They listen and talk to him. They play with them-and one of the things that impresses me the most-they always allow a little 6 year old boy to give them hugs. Despite being "big" boys (13, 11 and 9 I think) they let him give them hugs-no matter where they are. Pretty amazing, huh. Josiah loves watching Blake pass the sacrament and knows they all have been baptized. He watches their entire family, including the darling girls, Chelsea and Hannah. Definite idolizing going on.
Okay, so this little thought has become a mountain of a post, but I just have to throw out a thank you to these "Heroes" for acting in a way I want my sons to act-and being good examples to them. Thank you to their mothers and fathers for raising them so well. I truly hero-worship them.