Thirty years ago today, a baby boy was born.

He was worried.
Mostly about what he might be when he grew up.

A fireman?

A jockey?

Maybe a gymnast.

His Grammy thought he should be on Broadway.

For a day or two, there was golf.

And swimming in an Olympic size pool.

They even bought him an astronaut uniform.
Just in case.

The most serious consideration was a Ninja.

The least serious was a catalog model.
(Too much holding still.)

For all the fuss and nail biting though..

he already knew…
deep down…
all along…
what he wanted to be…

…most of all:

Grant and Bracken Super Heroes Christmas 2015e

to a little boy
who could be anything.
Happy Birthday, son.



Though boys may growl and shout and wrestle and punch and jump and climb and throw and test themselves against themselves and others in ways that are guaranteed to make Mom’s eyes roll or her heart stop, parents can take comfort in knowing that Mother Nature is preparing their little man for a big quest.

“The hero is biologically wired into men’s minds. Testosterone, vasopressin, greater spinal fluid in the brain, less serotonin, less oxytocin, and the way the male-brain system projects life onto an abstract and spatial universe, lead men to see the world in terms of action, heroes, warriors, even lovers who must negotiate landscapes of challenge”  ~ Michael Gurian, What Could He Be Thinking: How a Man’s Mind Really Works

Or as a highly regarded contemporary social philosopher explains:

“Here’s the thing on men—okay, I’m going to give it to you. All men think of themselves as kind of low-level superheroes in their own environment. When men are growing up and they’re reading about Batman, Spiderman, Superman, these aren’t fantasies, these are options. This is the way men really look at their own lives. I’m not even supposed to be telling you this.”  ~ Jerry Seinfeld

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