I remember some things from my childhood better than others. One of the things I remember really well is Batman. I know, it was a really corny television series but I liked it. I really did.
I don't remember thinking Batman would save the world but Batman represented something. Batman was a good guy. Like Superman and The Lone Ranger he was on the side of good against evil. The forces they fought clearly needed to be defeated.
The world is much more nuanced. But for me, as a child, the world was quite simple. Good guys, bad guys, and then there was everybody else.
Today, I remember Batman fondly. My son also loved Batman and I think he still does. It is, and was, one way we made a connection.
Having kids is tough work and relating is sometimes difficult. Batman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and others helped us connect and I like to think it still keeps us connected in a way even though we are separated by thousands of miles.
I remember sitting around the table one evening with my daughter and when asked what she wanted to do when she grew up she said, "I want to fight evil doers". I loved that.
I believe both my kids want to be a force for good and kindness. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, She Ra, and Hercules were all kind of role models. Each had their own paths but they're symbols of good against evil. That's not a bad thing in my book.
I love that my kids have their own lives but at least we have this in common. We can still connect - at least I see it that way.
When I saw this sandal on the beach all of those thoughts came to me. It's difficult to articulate sometimes. So I thought I would write it down.
I want to remember all those people who fight evil every single day. The people who put their lives on the line so we can maintain a civil society.
Thank you very much.