The problem with being so kick-ass is that business as usual gets forgotten. Case in point: my son dressed as Captain America to see Santa and it was incredible. But in all the hubbub, Santa never asked what he wanted for Christmas.
There was a moment of near-tears. But I reminded my son that he can write Santa a letter and we’ll mail it off.
I know I wrote about this back at Easter time (and ew, so few posts ago), but it’s worth saying again: I love that my son son dresses up like a superhero to see Santa every year, and I love that it’s something we do together.
As we wait in line to see the Easter Bunny, the reactions to my son are varied: some parents (especially those with new babies) just don’t get it. Parents of older kids chuckle and smile, point while they think we’re not looking, and when I do make eye contact, they smile and give me the knowing-dad-nod. Sometimes they walk by my son and say “cool!” Kids in line tug at their moms’ dresses and wonder why they’re in their Sunday’s best and my son is dressed like Wolverine.
As another little boy walks by and stares, my six year old says in a gravely voice, “happy Easter, bub.”
Two years ago, Katie Goldman was the victim of bullying by the boys at her school because she was a girl who loved Star Wars, which was apparently “only for boys.” Fans all over the galaxy used the Force (of the internet) to defend this little girl and every little girl’s passion for Star Wars. Some of Katie’s most involved supporters were from the 501st Legion.
If you don’t know who these guys and girls are, the 501st is a costuming organization that raises millions of dollars for charity and spreads the magic of the Star Wars genre worldwide with authentic-looking costumes. They have become the leading force in fan-based charity events and are truly dedicated to brightening the lives of those less-fortunate.
Two years after Katie’s story hit the internet, something happened.
We hope everyone had a safe and fun Halloween. We saw some killer costumes on Facebook and on the streets – and even saw some celebrities getting dressed up with their kids.
There weren’t many celebrity dads tweeting pics of themselves with their kids, but here’s a couple of our favorites.
Here at 8BD, we have spent a good portion of our short-lived lives immersed in geek culture. Whether it be in early life; spending days trying to figure out how to beat Mike Tyson in Punch Out, to our adolescent years; discussing easter eggs in Back To The Future II while planning an invasion during a heated battle of Risk, and now; we present our immortal, omnipresent, socially-aware robotic brains to the php and css gods of the internets. We’re children of the 80s. We grew up with this sh*t.
Okay, now. There are some underlying rules when it comes to dressing up your baby for Halloween. For example, this is one of them: “Don’t dress your kid up like an assh*le”. Fairly simple enough, yet surprisingly debatable due to the wide variety of geek.
Here’s what we have to say.