Friday, November 26, 2010

My Son and the No Pants Rule

Zane likes to watch movies/tv shows about superheroes, just like his parents. We have mostly looked for movies/shows like the Justice League, since animated stuff is mostly benign. This week Zane has been watching The Incredible Hulk as his featured DVD. So after we sat with Zane through the entire movie, he wanted to re-watch the fight scenes with the Abomination, which is Tim Roth's character. So the next day, we did. Zane was very concerned about this character, and it took me awhile to figure out what he was talking about. It turns out that Zane was not scared of the character, which is what we originally thought. My son was upset because the Abomination...was not wearing pants. I made a very serious effort to keep a straight face at this point in the conversation.

Zane decided at some point(how, I have no clue) that it is vital for all superheroes and their nemeses to be clothed in some manner. And when I thought about it, all the other heroes and villains he's ever seen in movies, animated tv shows, books, etc., were clothed. Even that Martian Manhunter dude put on pants! As far as Zane was concerned, the Abomination being pantsless was a terribly bad thing, and "NOT NICE!" He felt that the Hulk's angry behavior was completely justified, considering that the Abomination was wearing no pants.

Personally, I think that having a rule about wearing pants is a good idea. Most people I know are not comfortable in the presence of someone not wearing pants, and I am not sure that would change if the individual in question was a superhero. So today I learned that my son will likely never intentionally be sans trousers in public if he can help it. That is one less thing that I, as a parent, need to worry about. I am thankful.

1 comment:

  1. My son, however, LOVES to be pantless. He's only two, so I'm hoping he'll grow out of it... but if he's anything like his dad... we're in trouble.


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