Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Living with Alter Egos
Mr. B has changed his name--granted he's only changed 3 letters of his given name, but it's tough to remember to call him "Bruce." He won't answer to anything else, but he's forgiving of his preschool teacher and his karate instructor while they adjust to the new name. I knew it was only a matter of time, he has been madly in love with the Batman since he was a year old. Every Halloween he wears a Batman costume (except one where he forayed into Marvel Comics and donned a Spiderman costume). He sleeps on Batman sheets, wears Batman t-shirts, carries a Batman backpack and owns a slew of Batman toys and action figures. Last week he announced that he "officially" changed his name to "Bruce" and we need to address him as such.
In true Monkey-See-Monkey-Do style, Mr. G has followed suit. He also uses "Man" in his superhero last name, but his "street name" is now "Peter Parker." Not "Pete" or "Peter," but "Peter Parker."
Last night we played Sequence Jr. It sounded like this:
Me: Okay, it's your turn, Mr. G.
Mr. G: I'm Peter Parker.
Me: Sorry. Peter Parker, it's your turn.
Mr. G: (takes his turn) It's Peter Parker, Mom.
Me: Mr. B, go!
Mr. B: It's Bruce, Mom.
Me: Right. Sorry. Bruce, take your turn. All right, Pete, you go now.
Mr. G: Peter Parker.
Mr. G: Peter Parker. Your turn, Batman.
Mr. B: I'm not Batman right now, I'm Bruce.
Who won the game, you ask? It's not a MARVELous winner, the Dark Knight won.