Spiderman and Mr. Incredible never looked so good!
So the costumes may have been brought out a little too early this year at the Hilgeforts. We have a couple bins of various costumes that we have bought and others that people have given to us. The nicer ones, of course, are
the ones others have bought and given to us. I fall more under the umbrella of my mom’s philosophy on costumes; use whatever costs nothing. I am not sure how many years in a row Jessie was a “valley girl” which basically meant
a pair of jeans and way too much makeup. She was looking good compared to me. I wore this awful multicolored clown wig and painted my nose red. If I did that now - they would be calling the police on me!
Johnny is going to be Mr. Incredible and it’s a pretty SWEET costume, fake muscles and all. Peter followed in the same spirit with a Spiderman suit, again, buffed out with muscles. You know we didn’t buy either of
those! Dez made the costumes even better by adding a couple face masks and buying some winter gloves that matched.
As you know, the past few days have been fairly warm. But Johnny
and Peter have worn those full body costumes, with clothes on underneath. Face masks and gloves too. I have no idea how they didn’t blow up from the heat. I have to give it to them though. They were committed, and they looked
good. They were glistening with sweat the entire time, but they were not going to take those costumes off. Johnny even wore his when he biked with me on my runs.
Sadly, Mr. Incredible
is starting to pull apart a bit, so we have tucked them away so they can last for the real night of action a couple weeks off. The costumes may have looked nice, but were still cheaply made in the end and not intended to be worn by REAL superheros!
I have to say I admire Johnny and Peter’s commitment. They were wearing clothes, a costume with built in muscles, AND masks and winter gloves, You couldn’t have paid me to put
it on! And yet they were running around happily for days.
It’s all in our perspective isn’t it? Are we focused on the blessings or the hardships? For
Johnny and Peter, they were focused on the blessing of a fun costume and playing the superhero. When they took the costumes off, they couldn’t wait to put them on in the morning. For me, the only thing I could think about was how hot those
costumes must be. I am such a killjoy.
This lesson can be applied to so many things in our life though. Am I focused on the enormous mess in my kitchen, or the blessing of having
a home full of children and laughter? Am I focused on what I wished I looked like, or am I grateful for the blessing of good health? In the end, am I too focused on the crosses in my life, or am I grateful for all the many gifts God has bestowed
Where is my focus?
This is so very important because what you focus on determines the person you
are. Johnny and Peter are living the superhero dream and loving it. Are they hot? You bet - but that isn’t what they are worried about.
Maybe, next time I find my
mood beginning to sour (which won’t be too long off), I can ask myself what I am focusing on.
Dear Lord, help me to keep my blessings in the front of
my mind always and to be a joyful wife, mother, and friend. JMJ