It is better to arm and strengthen your hero, than to disarm and enfeeble your foe. ~Anne Brontë
Life contains those subtle special moments that can be easily overlooked. Personally, I love those moments, and this one really melted my heart. I’d thought I’d share.
I had Kyle this past Sunday. Actually, I also spent last weekend with him too! When I picked Kyle up he seemed a bit cranky, but even toned for the most part. I didn’t make a big deal of his attitude because I was excited to spend the day with him and I chalked it up to being tired.
Honestly, we don’t get Kyle too often anymore, not like when he was kid. Kyle spent a lot of time with us, more than half time. When his presence graces us nowadays, I can’t stop smiling. Just having Kyle around puts me in such a good mood (as long as his attitude is subsided). I miss my busy little teenager.
Kyle didn’t really want to do anything in particular. I offered to take him for a hike, rollerskating and to the movies, but he wanted to hang out, mostly to play video games on his phone. Not my idea of a fun day, but we were both vegging on the couch and catching up on a little television. Still a nice bonding time, especially since I wasn’t going to see Kyle until Thanksgiving since Dad and I were going hunting in New York this weekend.
First we started to watch Mysteries at the Museum. One of my Sunday favorites. I loved watching Kyle pause his game to give his full attention to the history taught in the form of a half hour show. I can’t remember what other shows we watched, but it was a nice relaxing start to our day. Eventually, we agreed upon Iron Man, especially since we caught it at the beginning.
I took Kyle to see all the Iron Man movies in the theater, in addition to most of the Marvel movies. We’re both big fans of movies and we love our superheros.
Sadly, like an old person, I started to doze off, to be abruptly awakened by Kyle. What happened? Kyle spotted Stan Lee, as he always makes his cameo appearances in the Marvel movies.
It wasn’t a passing comment. No. Kyle actually paused the movie, got up to walk over to me, to shake my shoulder to get my fullest attention. He wasn’t malicious in any way, but excited to show me his findings.
In a daze, I blinked and followed his finger as he pointed toward the television screen. It was perfectly paused on Stan Lee. I smiled and said, “Yep, there he is! Good eye buddy.” Kyle continued, “Yep, I saw him in Dr. Strange too!”
Okay. Is this really a big deal? Maybe not to anyone one else but it was to me. You see, I’ve always told Kyle to look out for Stan Lee, ever since we started watching the Marvel movies. I taught him who the man was and his importance to the comic book world. I’ve always pointed the guy out with every movie and commercial.
Kyle’s gesture showed that he does pay attention to what I say, even though it’s pretty trivial. It also showed me that our bond is still as tight as ever and he wanted to share his movie night with his friends with me.
Recently, Kyle went to the movies accompanied with his friends to watch Dr. Strange. I wanted to take Kyle, as tradition dictates, but alas my teenager had other plans. No problem. I get it.
It was really neat to hear Kyle excited to tell me he spotted Stan Lee in the Dr. Strange movie. Why didn’t he tell me earlier when I asked him how the movie was and who he went to the movies with, when I picked him up? My guess, he didn’t think of it and I think he was still rubbing sleep from his eyes. Once he saw Stan Lee in Iron Man, it triggered his memory and Kyle couldn’t wait to tell me the news and interest we share together.
As silly as this story sounds, it really means something to me. Kyle and I are still a team, and those roots can’t easily be ripped up and destroyed, by no one. He’s a good kid and I’m very blessed to have him in my life!