On Sunday mornings Wendy and I go to the pool(s) at the Comox Valley Sports Centre. It’s good and healthy recreation and it is our simple way of trying to fend of the rigors of incipient old fartdom.
A few weeks ago, whilst lolling in the pool Wendy looked up and noticed a tiny figurine up on the high overhead skylight. It was a minute Spiderman toy figurine. She was intrigued about it being way up there and pondered why it was there.
So, since she has some connections with officialdom in the community she made some enquiries of the sports and rec folks. Turns out the mini-superhero has been around for some time. Periodically it blows off the skylight, but it is always replaced to it’s spot of prominence on that skylight. And there is a reason.
Tiny tots using the pool are often pretty intimidated by lying and floating on their backs. Therefore, to reassure them they are encouraged to look up and see Spiderman. He too looks like he is floating on water so, the message is, it must be safe. Evidently it works like a charm. A superhero saves the day and just may even keep a kid from drowning at a later time because Spiderman taught him or her how to float. I admire people with the sort of imagination that can put something like that in place.
I don’t know much about Spiderman. In fact I know nothing about him at all other than he is one of those ubiquitous fetishistic ‘superheroes’ that prevail today. I don’t quite understand their popularity other than the world is a frightening place and therefore maybe some sort of humanoid hybrid can save us from whatever bogeymen are out there.
Even when I was a kid superheroes meant little to me because I knew there was a lot of fakery afoot in creating them. I’ll admit I did enjoy the first two Chris Reeves Superman flicks because they were well-acted and scripted and had a lot of whimsy about them. And I liked the dark and depressing Michael Keaton Batman movie, but that was mainly because I like Keaton in anything he does. Oh, and I was a big fan of the old Mighty-mouse cartoons, but for an entirely different reason.
Other than the aforementioned I have seen no others and have no desire to. But I will give a nod to Spiderman for his sterling work at the Sports Centre pool.