Saturday, January 21, 2006

A Spidey Message

My son is a fan of Spider-man. Mind you, he's never seen the Spider-man movies or any of the other iterations of the comic book hero (he's only 4). Nevertheless, he's a fan. Chalk it up to the pervasiveness and effectiveness of today's marketing machine.

What's a parent to do?

Anyway, I wasn't intending to rant on about commercialism here, just share a funny story about my son's new slippers (photo above). My son loves them, not just because they're emblazoned with Spidey's image, but because Spider-man is saying "I love you."

I never noticed it before, but he's right! When Spider-man does his web-slinging, his hands form the ASL sign for "I love you." He's a kinder, gentler superhero I guess.


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