One of my favourite parts of Father’s Day is the kids shirts that the department stores bring out each year. Yes, I admit I am one of *those* parents who buys cutesy shirts with cutesy phrases about how awesome Dad or Mum is. Mr 7 has 3 or 4 of them at the moment. Although as he has gotten older they have moved away from from cutesy phrases and into the superheroes.
This year I got him a batman one, complete with a cape. He loves it. He’s also got several shirts with capes because they are awesome. I haven’t managed to find one in a women’s plus size yet and I am most upset about that.
Recently however, I saw the awesome impact that one of these shirts with a cape had on my normally shy and anxious Mr 7. This cape seemed to give him a confidence that he normally struggles to find. On that day it was more than a cutesy father’s day shirt with a cape.On this day we had an appointment at the local hospital for a check up with the pediatrician. Mr 7 is normally unresponsive during these appointments. Each appointment we see a different locum who is then overseen by the head pediatrician who Mr 7 loves. This time however the locum used his shirt with it’s cape to create a conversation opener.
For the first time I was on the sidelines of an appointment as he talked freely to the Dr about the things that were happening in his life. A simple shirt had been an ice breaker for him, and the Dr calling him Batman buoyed his confidence. He was a superhero.
Later that day we were shopping in Coles and a boy pointed excitedly at Mr 7 exclaiming that he was Batman. The look on Mr 7’s face was of pure amazement. He had the biggest grin on his face. Once again the shirt had made him feel like he was a superhero. It gave him confidence.
I had always thought that dressing up in costumes was nothing more than a bit of fun. I didn’t think about the impacts it could have on a person’s self esteem and how it would give them the confidence they so desperately sought. Wearing a shirt made my little guy feel like a superhero, and feel safe enough to converse with those around him.
Next month, throughout the country heroes of all walks of life will be meeting to share their love of all things comics, costumes and gaming at Oz Comic Con. The event has exploded over the last few years with cosplay gaining popularity in Australia. The work and creativity put into each costume is amazing.
I have one family pass (2 adults and 2 children, kids under 5 get in free) for the Sydney or Brisbane show to give away to one lucky reader. All you have to do is answer the question:
If you could be a superhero for a day, what would you do?
Entries close Midnight Wednesday the 7th of September so get your entries in fast!
Terms and Conditions:
- Competition is open to Australian residents only.
- This is a game of chance. The most creative answer, determined by an independent judge will win the prize. All decisions are final.
- The competition runs from 6am 29th August 2016 until Midnight 7th September 2016.
- The winner will receive a digital pass for Oz Comic Con Sydney or Oz Comic Con Brisbane.
- The winner will be contacted by email so ensure that you supply a current email address.