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Stars, strikes and shields

When my four-year-old son does well, he earns a star.

When he does not so well, he earns a strike. One strike negates one star.

Stars don’t always have to be traded for goods, but when they are, they have a value of a quarter apiece.

Li’l D has been saving stars for a Captain America shield, which he was able to buy Saturday. I was initially excited, but already sick of the thing after an hour of its loud clicking.

He ignored every request to stop being noisy with it en route to Long Beach Comic Expo on Sunday. I fought a powerful urge to chuck it out the car window.

And yet, when Li’l D met one Captain America at the Expo and showed off his own special shield, its clicks ceased to bother me even a little.

The magic of that meeting was worth so much more than 72 stars.

captain america

  1. June 2, 2014 at 6:11 am

    What fun for Li’l D!! I know a few girls around my house who find Captain America pretty interesting, too–but I’m sure not in the same way as Li’l D!! He made a good choice with his star quarters! :)

    • June 2, 2014 at 9:47 am

      LOL! I can appreciate that. I didn’t find him very interesting until the second movie, but now I confess to being charmed. By his … shield.

      • June 2, 2014 at 3:58 pm

        Yes, yes! It’s his shield that holds all of the appeal! :)

  2. June 2, 2014 at 6:46 am

    There are somethings, just somethings mind you, that prove to be worth the small annoyances.

    • June 2, 2014 at 9:47 am

      I read your comment a few times over for perspective this morning. Click, click, click!

      • June 2, 2014 at 10:20 am

        I am glad you got my dry but loving humor. I knew you would.
        <3

  3. June 2, 2014 at 7:58 am

    I remember wanting throw Barney away…all of the songs, each and every one. And then my daughter
    ‘met’ him in the shopping center, and the hug he gave her lit her up. After that, I rather liked barney (though I don’t know if I would buy his music for another parent to listen to). I hope Lil D has lots of good times with that shield.

    • June 2, 2014 at 9:49 am

      I hope so, too, clicking and all! Your Barney story makes me smile. I think it’d take a live meeting for me, too.

      I thought I was in the Barney clear there for a sec, and then remembered: It’s yet to be determined what Littler J will enjoy!

  4. Kay
    June 2, 2014 at 9:41 am

    That’s a brilliant story :) And tells us all a lot about perspective too.

  5. June 2, 2014 at 9:50 am

    What a moment!! I’m so very proud of Lil’D’s dedication to gathering of the stars and the reward that he was able to get – and then what an awesome treat – to get to show it off!!!

  6. June 2, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Oooooh, how cute!!!! :)

  7. June 2, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Ha. I love that photo. Why are superheroes so appealing? They are to me, and I’m all grown up :)

  8. June 3, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Your tolerance for those annoyances will increase as you see the rewards they bring to your boy. Great story, mama!

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