I’m lucky to have two kids who love each other, mostly get along, play well together and sometimes hold hands when no one is looking.
Lately, their favorite way to pass time is to jump on our trampoline together. Even though C.J. would prefer to take turns performing mini choreographed gymnastics routines for each other, Chase more often than not convinces him to play “superheroes.” I’m not sure what all the game entails, but I do know that they each pick a superhero to portray. Chase is always Captain America and, because he is unfamiliar with mainstream superheroes, C.J. has made up his own.
C.J. is Banana Man.
Me: What are Banana Man’s superpowers?
C.J.: I can shoot bubblegums out of my mouth. And if I touch stuff my sticker power is activated and whatever I touch gets covered with stickers. And I can turn things rainbow colored. And I can have a Super Jump.
Me: What’s a Super Jump?
C.J.: I jump really high and when I land on the ground people fall like they can’t walk in high heels.
Me: What outfit does Banana Man wear?
C.J.: It changes every day. But sometimes I only wear underwear while fighting bad guys because I can’t handle the pressure of picking out an outfit every day.
Me: And who are these bad guys you fight?
C.J.: Chase when he’s Captain America, that’s why it’s okay if I’m only in my underwear, because he’s seen me in my underwear before.
Me: What does Banana Man like to eat?
C.J.: Cookies with milk and bananas and donuts and pickles.
Me: What does Banana Man hate to eat?
C.J.: Chicken and French fries and tires.
Me: Well, that makes sense.
C.J.: Maybe I’ll pick out one outfit that Banana Man mostly wears so I don’t have to feel pressured picking out a new outfit every day. Can you hold on a minute?
And, then he returned as Banana Man…
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Lol what a creative mind! Love it x
Surely Banana Man’s costume should be yellow! (Sorry if I sound like Ron Leibman’s Alcalde in Zorro……lol)
Its so wonderful that Chase still plays with CJ as my older brothers never really did. Its so nice that he even holds hands. Chase is a superhero.
Banana Man is pretty cool. Got some style too, but an odd diet. Lol I would hope he didn’t like tires.
I really did love this.. and have enjoyed this blog for years… thank you.
“But sometimes I only wear underwear while fighting bad guys because I can’t handle the pressure of picking out an outfit every day.”
Sometimes I can’t handle that pressure either 🙂
Most superhero costumes make it look as if they’re wearing their underwear on the outside of their clothes, anyhow.
Banana Man is the best superhero name.
You should totally introduce him to Wonder Woman! She was my favorite, when I was little.
fall like they can’t walk in heels” is really my favorite part. Also, I need CJ to teach me because despite having worn heels most of my life, I recently turned an ankle, fell and bashed up my knee quite spectacularly. And tell him I’ll eat Bananaman’s french fries. NOM!
“fall like they can’t walk in heels” is really my favorite part. Also, I need CJ to teach me because despite having worn heels most of my life, I recently turned an ankle, fell and bashed up my knee quite spectacularly. And tell him I’ll eat Bananaman’s french fries. NOM!
Actual lol. “Fall like they can’t walk in high heels” is one of the best similes I have ever read. 🙂
This is brilliant!
*nods* yeah I’d hate to eat tires too. Luckily it’s an issue I’ve never needed to face. Hopefully Banana Man will have just as much luck LOL.
Whatever else, and regardless of what ones of us will be alive, or at least old, your boys will be able to announce, thirty years hence, and without fear of contradiction, “We were raised in a family that truly encouraged and supported real childhood creativity, utterly,and seriously without care where it lead us”. You both are such wonderful examples-this should be spread far and wide for other parents to grasp.
Banana Man, you sure have style and you are AWESOME!!!!
When Phoebe Bufay on “Friends” got married to Mike Hannigan, Phoebe went to register her new name. She wasn’t sure if it should be Bufay-Hannigan or Hannigan-Bufay…. so she changed it to Princess Consuela Bananahammock.
We had a superhero called Bananaman here in the UK when I was growing up in the eighties. He was originally in the Dandy comic, but he made it as a weekly TV cartoon on BBC1 as well.
YouTube has it if you’re interested.
That said, CJ looks adorable in his bananaman outfit. My son thinks it’s cute too.
Yes, I was thinking of BananaMan and his crow sidekick, too!
‘When Eric eats a banana, an amazing transformation occurs. Eric is BANANA MAN, ever alert for the call to action!’.
Freaking adorable ❤
That is a nice outfit!
this makes me laugh, as there was a British spoof character called Bananna Man when I was a kid, I know it’s not the point, but thought you might like to see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qA4Uu_m2Kc
Banana Man rocks!
Gender creative bah…all OUT creative! This kid is going to be famous writer or a fashion designer or a movie star or a super hero or do whatever such an amazing and wonderful person does! GO CJ!
TOTALLY. CJ is amazing in his creativity. I am constantly astounded at his imagination. There is something very very special there.
I love Banana Man!