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.
You may have seen this story race across your Facebook timeline lately, collecting well-deserved “awww”s. It’s the story of a four year old boy named Carter, whose dad turned his wheelchair into an ice cream truck for Halloween.
We did some digging, and didn’t find much, but what we found, we wanted to share. First, here’s what Facebook had titled the screencap above (minus our graffiti): “Something to warm the heart. This child’s parents built his Halloween costume around his wheelchair. A parenting WIN if I’ve ever seen one.” That was George Takei’s take on it, at least. Other accounts were similarly-described as “You’re doing it right. A dad made the perfect Halloween costume for his handicapped son.”