RIP SuperHero Pajamas

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It was inevitable.

There was no way to stop a day like this from happening.

After all, boys grow. Fabric wears out. No way to stop that. Uh-uh, no-how.

The superhero jammies first appeared in our family back in 2001, if I recall correctly. That was the Halloween I discovered that pajamas are cheaper than costumes and have a longer life-span. After a jaunt around the neighborhood, the outfits made daily (and nightly) appearances for months.

When they’d been outgrown a year or so later, the pajamas were packed away to wait for little boys to discover and love them again. It was 4 years before they saw the light of day, and were once again the source of many pretend adventures.

Even though the pajamas were clearly too small a year ago, the younger boys insisted on keeping them. The capes have long since disappeared, the sleeves and legs are too short for boys who are 7 years old, and the knees are threadbare or torn.

And yet? They are loved. When I pointed out that really, it was time to give them up there was much protest. We compromised by wearing them until the weather was too warm, then I took the pajamas and set them aside. It seemed to work; nobody complained or seemed to miss them.

Eventually I forgot about them myself, only to be surprised when they reappeared last month. The Manager had spotted them in my room and immediately dug them out. Both he and Captain Earthquake again played superhero, neither one caring about the legs that only made it to their shins, the missing capes, or the gaping holes in the knees.

Sadly for two boys, the possibility of getting stuck in clothing that could cut off circulation has become more and more real. The time has come to retire our heroic jam-jams and move on.

Goodbye, SuperHero PJ’s. You were well loved.

Rest in peace.

Earnest Parenting: help for parents who need to retire some jammies.

The editor-in-chief of Earnest Parenting, Amy is the mother of two sets of twin boys. Yes, they drive her crazy, but they also make her laugh occasionally. Amy enjoys writing, quilting, reading, and working on her burgeoning cyber empire.

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  • Mary November 19, 2009, 6:08 am

    That's too funny! I learned to just cut them off into shorts and short sleeves (if I was an excellent seamstress like you I would have hemmed them) a few of the special ones I took to grandma to put in hems. I just now at age 16 took away a pair of shorts (pj's) that grandma made them that they loved! Of all the clothes I have removed because they're too small the boys miss the jammies….I wonder why?

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  • floorheatingsystems November 19, 2009, 10:47 am

    Good story i loved it. And that pictures is too good. I like blue SuperHero Pajama.

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  • printpostcards November 19, 2009, 7:41 pm

    I remember that me and my brother used to have superhero pajamas also. Mine was a Spiderman with a half face mask and my brother has a Captain America (shield not included, lol).

    Thank you for sharing, reading your post gave me a nostalgic feeling.

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  • livjon November 19, 2009, 11:08 pm

    Its certainly going to happen. After a certain time one has to take a change from the conventional one else they will be out of the date and ultimately they have to suffer.
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  • tessatsobe November 20, 2009, 3:19 am

    Those are childhood memories and will surely be told by our children to their children with new superheroes complete with new gadgets in their time.

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  • Sourav November 20, 2009, 5:50 am

    well I can remeber that I use to wear one superman t-shirt when I was a kid and I also wore spiderman mask….
    hehe…childhood memories.

    Thanks
    TC

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  • espanolachat01 November 24, 2009, 8:57 am

    good old childhood past….every kid has its own wannabe hero….great content..cheers…

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  • Flash Design Company February 5, 2010, 12:04 am

    I also used such type of dresses when I was kid.
    Thank you for sharing, your post .

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