When you were growing up who were your Superheros? Was it Flash, Supergirl, or The Fly of the 50’s? Or how about the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, Spider-Man, Iron Man, X-Men, The Avengers, or Captain Marvel of the 60’s? Are you surprised that many of our Superhero movies of today were from the Superhero Cartoons of 40-50 years ago? Ok, some of you are definitely more cartoon-savey than I am because I was surprised. And so that we don’t leave out those groovy 70’s, how about “The Million Dollar Man” and “The Bionic Woman” — now those were some shows you could gather the family around the TV and get excited about. For me, I grew up watching Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, and reading every Davey Crockett and Daniel Boone book I could get my hands on. They always caught or killed the bad guy and “the West” was the most exciting place on earth. Every story ended happy.
This story ends happy too because these guys were amazing, strong, brave, courageous, and fun ta-boot! When you look at these photos, I dare you not to smile as you remember what heros you may have role-modeled growing up. Here is a family that allows their boys to dream and have fun … but the best part? … they know how to have fun right along with them! I loved it. I loved the concept of it. I loved the bravery of it so kudos to these fine parents, Ryan and Hannah.
First off, meet friendly 5-year old Roy … aka, Captain America. Okay, can I just admit that Roy “captured” my heart instantly with his little hero stance, look, and demeanor. He knew how to do SUPER very well as you will see throughout this post.
His 4-year old brother, Walter, was more shy than Roy, but just as cute, and still perfecting his superhero status — as shown below getting his Spiderman web-throwing fingers just right. C.U.T.E. No wonder the girl always falls in love with the Superhero!
Look closely at this next picture. Notice anything different?
Where did Captain America go? No, they didn’t bring in another son … just another Superhero. Walter decided he wanted to be Thor, so Roy decided he wanted to be Spiderman. Presto-Change-o — in a flash of course. That’s how Superheros do it!
When they’re not saving the world this way, Ryan and Hannah are saving it in other ways. Ryan is an on-line school teacher for math, and Hannah is a nurse in the neo-natal unit at St. Al’s. I was excited to get an e-mail from Hannah one day asking me to photograph their family after she found my little blog through a comment I made on a mutual friend’s blog … Aubrey over at The Funny Farm. Then to show you how small this world really is, Hannah said she was a cheerleader over at Skyview when my son-in-law played basketball there.
So where did all the bad guys go? How about a little history lesson. Only one of four territorial prisons ever built in the United States, the Idaho Penitentiary, was closed on December 3, 1973. Before that time it had been open for over 101 years and 13,000 people (215 of whom were women) did time there. There were riots at the prison in 1971 and 1973 over the horrible living conditions that eventually led to its closing.
“Hey, anybody down there needing saved?!”
All Superheros eventually reveal their true identity to at least one person, don’t they? Now you’ll know who to thank when any one of these guys saves you from distress. You might not see them in person, but I guarantee the image of them will come to mind from time to time, and when it does, you’ll smile that super smile and when you smile doesn’t everything instantly seem better?
This last family photo is my favorite. I just love it, and I loved my time with all of you. You were all S-U-P-E-R!
“Walter, you did a good job saving the world today. Whadayasay we do it again tomorrow little brother?”
If you would like to upload any of these photos to Facebook or other site of your choice, you have my permission. I would only ask that you add the perma-link below. Ryan and Hannah, I had such a fun time photographing your family! Now go take on the world! 🙂 Mary