“Batkid Saves City”

I feel bad about the fact that in my efforts to raise extraordinary children, I fell short of being a good mom. By this I mean, in my mind costume items were kept in a costume trunk for dressing up at home or going out on Halloween. Otherwise, when we went out I wanted them well-dressed, well put-together. Now, who was I doing that for but for myself and maybe other moms?

Looking back, my daughters must have been turning their heads with awe at the girls who got to wear tutus over their pants if they felt like it, or boys of summer dressed as Spider Man, or all the children who put together the most interesting, outlandish combinations of clothes, themselves, every day. They are probably the most creative people today, including fashion designers. And many of them, I would imagine, live in San Francisco. A city that knows how to celebrate life in costume.

Witness the Batkid event in San Francisco on Friday, November 15th. No matter what one’s week was like, it had to be uplifted by a city that transformed itself into Gotham City, and the thousands of volunteers and onlookers who turned out see one little boy’s wish come true.

Miles Scott, age 5, dreamed of being Batkid. As a child battling cancer, he believed in Batman as only a child can. And Batman licked the cancer as only Batman can. In any case, superheros helped pull him through, and superheros always win. So when Miles’ treatments were finished and the leukemia went into remission, Make-A-Wish Foundation pulled out all the stops to make his wish come true.

By many accounts, the event was more phenomenal to the city than when the Giants won the World Series in 2010.

Miles came to the city with his family under the guise of picking up a Batkid costume. Everyone was in on it but Miles. In the family’s hotel room in the morning, “Breaking News” interrupted television programming with SF Police Chief Greg Suhr calling on Batkid with “We need your help!” Dressed in his new costume, Batkid scurried down to the lobby and, accompanied by an adult Batman, sped off in a black Lamborghini Batmobile—all major roads having been cleared for the event. Throughout the day the two of them sprung into action from one staged event to another: rescuing a damsel in distress tied to cable car tracks on Union Square, thwarting the Riddler’s attempted robbery of a bank vault and seeing him off in a paddy wagon, and onward to AT & T park to rescue Lou Seal, the Giant’s mascot, who had been kidnapped by the Penguin.

One long ambitious day with flash mobs and cheering crowds everywhere. A special edition of the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper read “BATKID SAVES CITY” on the front page. And the day ended with Mayor Ed Lee presenting Miles with the keys to the city. Throughout it all, the five year old boy struck the pose and the poise of the superhero that he truly is.

The story that went around the world. And as one twitter user wrote, “Sometimes humans get it right.”

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3 responses to ““Batkid Saves City”

  1. Reading about BatKid brought tears to my eyes. How amazing!

    If only parenting came with a manual that had a few chapters about what to relax about and what’s worthy of our stress. In the end, I’m learning to just love them. That much I’m sure I can do right 🙂

  2. John

    Batkid was blasted on all our news stations out in Colorado! Finally a feel good get it right good news account we sorely need in these days of dread doom filled with bumbling bafoons that’s so pravasive on all our battering stations.
    I cheered your account, wish everyone could dress up and kick cancers ass with such thrilling fan fair.
    As for letting children dress up in tutus with feather bows and mismatched socks or long tights it was a battle I never choose to take on. Sydney my fashioned sensed and synced wonder always know what went with what, with always the right flare. She had been picking out her outfits for several years but the time she hit K school and once her teacher said to me “You can always pick out the kids that dress themselves” with a big smile.
    I loved those days and god knows the justice and what ever the next fashioned plate craze gets it’s strangled clutched gloved, gotta have it claws on little girls way to soon. I only pray fish lips got smashed “POW” “BAM” and “ZONKED” by batkid in Gothum city and got locked away.

  3. Margot

    Many a day I reminded myself as Sena was choosing her clothes, it was about her and how she felt. So hard some days, but only on a few occassions was some one bold enough to question my parenting decision. Ofcourse, people commemted more when we let her quit school at seven, but that too seems to be working.

    Batkid and what the city rolled out was amazing and unforgetable perhaps that will be what some parents needed to let their kids take the lead in what ever way the child needs. This parenting gig is fraut with uncertainty but I do feel we were given a manual, our intuition, but as a culture we work so hard to ignore it that we dont always use it as a resource and guide during life.

    I do think your children are extraordinary and seem just fine so rejoice in their awesome and look forward to the grandbabies and letting them dress however they wish! Lol

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