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Superheroes Walk Among Us

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Finally, time permitting I went  to see the film “The Avengers.” The title reminded me of  the British television show with  Diana Rigg (Mrs. Peel) and Patrick MaNee (John Steed) from the 1960s.   Always a lot of fun but not quite as colorful or awe inspiring as the current version in theatres featuring the Marvel Comic characters, Iron Man (Robert Downey), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) , Thor (Chris Hemsworth) , and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson).  The plot goes something like this:  Loki (adopted half brother of Thor) has formed a scheme with some other spacevillian types to destroy the Earth.    Nick Fury (Samuel L.  Jackson)  concocts a scheme to revive S.H.I. E.L.D, a sort of  space terrorist fighting organization with the reluctant heroes who  have been living on earth doing their routine – for  some extraordinairy –  routines.   In the film they come together and  save the world (or at least New York City) from destruction.  There are a lot of superheroes among us here on Earth.  Most  going on with their routine  routines  which are,  if not extradinairy,  at least awe inspirting but without special effects.   Those  persons in my life include  the male  co-worker with the even-handed humor who shows quiet strength and is always ready to do the right thing,   the friend who cares for his elderly uncle and mentors students  and my brother, a fairly new but  very present father, who is starting a business and cares for my  mom and my sister.   And of course Jean Claude,  the male Bombay cat, who  daily manages Roxie, the Japanese bobtail  and provides serenity to all he encounters.  Heroes among us.   Happy Father’s Day.

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