The Story of Spiderman, Batman, and Scarecrow
Scarecrow was running down the street toward the bank. He wanted to steal the money from the bank. The money that didn’t belong to him. The money that belonged the the people of the city. Batman was chasing him down, but couldn’t catch him. Batman called Spiderman. “Scott, Scarecrow is trying to steal the money from the bank. I need Spiderman’s help to stop him.” Scott answered, “Spiderman is on his way!” Then Scott jumped into his Spiderman suit and spun his web. He swung from building to building to building to building until he arrived at the bank.
Spiderman arrived before Scarecrow and was ready for him. When Scarecrow arrived, Batman flew up and surprised Scarecrow. Spiderman shot his web and spun it around and around Scarecrow until Scarecrow was all tied up and couldn’t move. Then Batman and Spiderman said, “Wahoo! We saved the money in the bank! Let’s eat dinner.” Spiderman said, “What do you want?” and Batman said, “Scarecrow!” Then Scarecorw said, in a high pitched, scared voice, “Don’t eat me, I’m a bad guy, not dinner! But I don’t want to be a bad guy anymore. Please let me eat with you.” And Spiderman said, “Fine. Let’s have pizza!”
And so Spiderman, Batman and Scarecrow ate pizza together for dinner. Scarecrow changed his ways and never tried to steal again.
This is the story I have been telling Scott multiple times a day, particularly at bedtime. The other day at the gym he tripped and bit his lip. They called me in because he was so upset they couldn’t see how bad it was through the blood. After calming him down and assessing the lip, he still didn’t want to go back in. So I snuggled him up on my lap and told him the story of Spiderman, Batman and Scarecrow. He loves to shoot his web as I tell the story. By the time I was done, he rose, triumphant, from my lap; he spun his web and then he marched off into the play area.
Stories can empower our children to face hard times, to work through sad times and to forget about minor owies. I’m so glad we had the foundation of this story to help Scott get back up and get back to play. He is my superhero in so many ways on so many days.