Finally, to conclude this mid-semester batch of posts for Action Figures My Husband Collects (AFMHC), I will leave you with this TOTALLY appropriate gaping skull man:
I also thought of naming this post “Skull Man Who is Not Skeletor.”
Let’s review: 1) Skeletor has a social media site full of inspirational sayings. 2) Skeletor is blue, fanciful, and you are secretly rooting for him. 3) Skeletor has a Christmas special, and 4) Skeletor LOVES PUPPIES. I severely doubt if this gaping skull man, who is not Skeletor, loves puppies. It looks like he loves nightmares. It looks like he is saying “I love to give you nightmares that wake you up at 3:30am, 5:30am, and 6:05am,” Justin. Seriously. This may not be a winning example of “child proofing.”
However, in all fairness, this was not displayed in front of our anachronistically ancient Sony tube television. It was buried under an authentic, vinyl, movie-quality Michael Myers mask. Yep. At some level Justin decided that the image of a Michael Myers mask WITH. HAIR. was more appropriate. And he is right. I guess. Maybe.
Because this is my last post for another 4-5 months though, because we will be celebrating 10 years of dating this November, and because this blog was always in part a love letter to my husband and proof that I sort of sometimes listen to what he says, let me just conclude by saying that if there is one thing I have learned by being a parent for about a second now, it is that I am not always right. I am not always right to think that things have to be my way. I am not always right to think that I even have a way or system that makes sense. So, if our daughter grows up around Skeletor, Scooby Doo, and some potentially creepy action figures, maybe that’s just fine. Maybe non-normative human forms will make Margot more accepting of different characters and more willing to push on the boundaries of “what is human” and “what is villain.” Or maybe not. Who knows. Maybe we will just have to wait and see until she starts telling us things– like “I like” and “I do not like.” That is the next milestone. I for one cannot wait to increasingly find out more about what she thinks about the world, and of course, what she thinks about the action figures my husband collects.
Until next time. In about 4-5 months. Seriously, because I will be collecting another 41 First Year Composition drafts any day now. In the meantime, I’m happy to be caught up, if only for a moment. Happy mid-semester y’all!