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Capes, goggles, flying leaps, and bad guys

Posted on: January 29, 2011

Grant was getting me a water. The gentleman with the knobby nose sitting next to me took advantage of his absence to commandeer my attention with stories of “when he was a kid like us.” After the other gray haired ladies and gents had safely found their seats, the lights were dimmed. My husband seemed trepidatious as he took his seat. He hadn’t even heard of this Errol Flynn movie and wasn’t sure I would like it. He’d already introduced me to Captain Blood and Robin Hood on two other occasions, and I had really enjoyed them. Besides, judging by the fact that we had to be FORTY minutes early, just to find two seats together before those folks who were two generations ahead of us had taken them all, I was sure it was popular.

The slides started. First we watched two serial movies from the WWII era about a hero called Spy Smasher. The short films had a Saturday morning cartoon feel, though they were live action. The hero wore a cape, goggles, and even the superhero underwear-over-pants thing and repeatedly leapt cat-like at the villians to take them to the ground. At one point he climbed a fence to hop onto a low roof. I was so reminded of the films that Grant and his good friend David made when they were childhood friends. They were always chasing each other around, jumping off roofs onto trampolines and other silly things boys do. They continued the tradition and made another short film while we were engaged which I have posted below (Warning: it makes no sense. They made these movies for fun as kids whenever they got their hands on a video camera.)

Ah.. I think you have to go to YouTube to watch the clip, but it is short.

When the actual feature started, The Sea Hawk, I peaked over at Grant and realized he was on the edge of his seat. I half expected to suddenly see him ten-years-old, instead of the twenty- something man I married. All that swashbuckling, heart-thumping adventure and he was done for. I was impressed by the movie but in all honesty, I was much more captivated by the man-turned-boy sitting next to me. The movie was much like an adventure he would’ve made up as a kid (with perhaps a few plot twists he might not have thought of at eleven, but still…). I half expected him to leap out of his seat and show Errol Flynn how piracy was really done! He was under a spell the entire night and couldn’t stop talking about the film after the show had ended.

What is it about my husband turned sauntering charlatan that had me delighted, giggling like a little girl? I think it must be the same thing that gets me every time I see him chasing kids around making them giggle or letting them tie him up and claim him as their prisoner. Good men have this inner child that can’t help but bubble up to the surface when the occasion calls for it. Do you have a closet cowboy in your life?


3 Responses to "Capes, goggles, flying leaps, and bad guys"

I love watching men who can instantly transform back to boyhood. My brother is good at that when teasing his sons.

Your question regarding Closet Cowboys got me thinking about what the female version of that is. I instantly thought of a closet princess, and while not an alliteration, I think this captures what happens to me when I am with my young girlies. We dance around, creating a pink world filled with tutus and frosting in our imaginations.

I hope the man I marry will be a closet cowboy who doesn’t mind this closet princess!

I look forward to having one in my life. I just hope he appreciates the inner child in me, too! 🙂

Hehehe Sooo cute.

I love watching men who get so into child’s play. They bring back out the imagination so often suppressed in all of us and make the world seem colorful and full of glorious possibilities.

I don’t have a closet cowboy yet…but I sure am hoping to find one that appreciates the little bit of ‘closet’ goddess of chaos hidden in me 😉

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