“Mom, who’s superman?”
Mom, “He’s a good guy.”
Mom, “It’s his cape. He wears it and it flaps behind him when he flies – like this..” (demonstrating cape flapping.) “But Mom, what does he do??”
Mom, “Well, he goes around helping people and rescuing people.”
“Like what?” (Helping sounds too much like setting the table and putting away the laundry) Mom, “Well… Superman does things like… like rescuing people who fall off tall buildings… stuff like that.”
Later, as little superman runs through the living room – turning often to see if his cape is flapping behind him – he looks for a mission. His 5 yr. old sister stages little toy people falling off window sills and tables for Superman to catch. Their idea of Superman? A guy in blue pajamas who flies around looking for falling people to catch, and all the while, making certain that his cape is always flapping behind him in the wind.