Today, May 23/2013 is 140th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Not only did my brother-in-law serve with the Mounted Police in the outposts of the Canada, a popular T.V. Show, Due South, glorified the life the Mounted Police. The main character embodied courage, goodness, resolve and dedication, just the qualities to inspire one of my little boys for about 4-5 years of his life from two and a half till seven-years old.
This was not some passing fancy, no this was an out-right obsession with not one but three heroes, the Canadian Mounted Police, Zorro and Batman. Daniel saluted all three with his self-styled uniform of a brown felt hat and black barn boots, a cape and a Batman sweatshirt. This costume was his daily attire for years. He had to wear it. not only that, he was in character for most of the day. Daniel rode our old horse like a combination of a Mountie and Zorro, and never merely walked but leaped and jumped as if he was soaring through the air, just like a super hero.
As our second youngest, Daniel was born with a zest for living. This was obvious with even a quick glance at his baby face. With his eyebrows raised in surprise, eyes wide open to see everything around him and lips smiling with glee, Daniel was a delightful infant, toddler and young child. Actually his temperament at twenty has not changed much at all!
“Oh my, what do we have here, Batman?”
“Oh no, I’m Batman Foevaaaa….”
“Daniel, what are you doing?”
“I am going to run and leap and smash that glass with my feet! Then I’ll fly through the air.”
“Come on guys, it’s time to get up!”
Matthew’s friends still shake their heads and grin when they remember their flying alarm clock.