Thursday, July 26, 2007

Can he swing from a web? Take a look overhead.

Bet you've never seen Spiderman wearing tap shoes before.

And in other Spiderman related news, I knew it wasn't just the commercials that made watching Spiderman of a morning such a bad idea. As we were driving home from school the other day, Cherub suddenly piped up Climber sad. Sure enough, when I turned round, there was my big boy sobbing his little heart out. Not just a few tears trickling down either; the proper cry, with the noise and the snot and the heaving shoulders and the sad, sad face.

And when I asked him what was wrong he choked out "Peter Parker's uncle got sho - o - ot." Luckily I had seen some of that morning's episode or I would have been quite at a loss. And in case you didn't know, Peter Parker is Spidey's alter ego.

He was inconsolable, and needed much cuddling and distracting when we got home. At that stage I hadn't quite broached the you-know-it's-not-real? conversation, because I like that his imagination is not yet cynical.

But that evening as we settled down with a glass of wine in front of Spicks & Specks, I heard a noise from the boys' room. And when I went in, there he was again, crying his eyes out. So then I did give him the it's-only-a-cartoon, it's-not-real talk and we let him watch Spicks with us before putting him back to bed, and he seems over it now.

Don't think I'll read him any more Harry Potter books for a while though.

14 comments:

  1. Isn't he a doll! So sensitive. We have been there, literally, with the Peter Parker's uncle died scene and the sobbing. Did the whole it's-just-pretend routine so now J.T. says... You know it's not real, Mom, it's just a movie, if I get teary during a film.

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  2. What a sweet little guy!

    Just think how much better off the world would be if everyone had his degree of empathy.

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  3. Poor darling. He feels the pain of others.

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  4. Gosh! Poor Climber, it's nice he could let out his emotions though. I hate to think of our sensitive emotional little boys growing up to bottle things away. (I think my Monkey 1 has already started.)

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  5. Am enjoying the spate of Spidey posts. My two don't quite get the line you've used from the song... "Overhead? How you look overhead?" Climber is a beautiful soul.

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  6. Oh poor sweetie. We've had to have the 'it's not real' chat too. Chickie gets so involved with the characters sometimes.

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  7. Unfortunately, i've probably bred the opposite problem - where my son would laugh, or not in the least be phased by this ....

    Poor Climber :(

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  8. if my daughter saw that happening to any of her loved characters she would still be in shock,mouth wide open in front of the tv!

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  9. Oh, he is a lovely boy, that boy of yours!

    He has the sweetest nature, I just hope he finds someone worthy to give his heart to when he grows up.

    I think when that time comes, you will need to parade her here in front of us all to see if she is suitable, we all love him so much.

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  10. I am glad you told us non-spidie-ites who Peter Parker is! Now if it had been one of the Disney princesses....;-)

    Anyway, I concur with the other commentors - what a lovely, empathetic little soul Climber is.

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  11. I think you really should give him to me.

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  12. Dear little Climber. We forget that they don't understand it's all made up. Which, as you figured out lickety split,should make us careful what we expose them to when they are so young and impressionable.....

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  13. Spiderman in tap shoes...now that's a musical I would go to see!

    It's so lovely that Climber shows empathy for poor old Peter Parker. My girls have got a pretty good grip on what is real and what's not - they're both early adopters of cynicsm - but Queenie did burst into tears at the end of ET and refused to watch it again as she said it was too sad.

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