Go, Go Samurai Power Rangers!
Every little girl dreams of marrying a super hero. Or, in my case, Donny Osmond. But nevertheless, super hero was not far behind. And while Donny Osmond eluded me, I did end up marrying a Power Ranger.
When The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers show began back in 1993, my husband (who was still in "friend" mode) and I worked for a children's entertainment company in Los Angeles, while we struggled to find work as actors.
As you might imagine, the Power Rangers soon caught on with all manner of little boys and girls alike and the demand was high for Power Rangers characters to entertain at hoopty ploopty children's parties.
My future husband became the company's primary Green Power Ranger, because he looked particularly good in tights.
This may or may not have contributed to his being promoted to boyfriend material. Just sayin'.
I'll publicly admit now, all these years later, that I did portray Kimberly, The Pink Power Ranger once or twice. But never once did I ever attempt a cartwheel. Or a back flip. Or even a karate chop. Which is why I was likely relegated to portraying Big Bird.
And yes, I've searched high and low for Power Ranger photographic evidence of this period of our lives, and sadly, none could be found.
Fast forward many years, a different career path, and three children later.
One day I wandered through the family room to find my 6 year old son glued to the television watching a new generation of Power Rangers Samurai. Searching for any excuse to park my behind in my barkalounger for a bit, I joined him. I found myself drawn into the episode, enjoying the adventures of the group of teenaged Power Rangers defeating the forces of evil.
The Power Rangers Samurai is now a regular staple of television entertainment in our home. I love the show because of the values portrayed in each episode. The Power Rangers franchise has stayed true to the disciple of martial arts as it instills discipline, integrity, teamwork, striving for excellence, and of course learning from inevitable mistakes.
My son is drawn to the bright colors, the very clear battle of good verses evil (with good being victorious), and the super cool martial arts moves. I will tell you also that my tween daughters are known to watch as well. They would say that it's because of the action and super cool martial arts moves. But I suspect that because they have my DNA, they are drawn to the teenaged boys.
For this I must again remember to phone my father weekly and apologize for everything I put my parents through in my youth.
And just so you know, Nickelodeon is featuring new episodes every Saturday all through the month of October!
We've been to the Power Rangers website and have been impressed with how it stresses physical fitness for kids and even features children who have been nominated "Ranger of the Week" for demonstrating character excellence.
There are also excellent articles for parents on how to help our kids succeed in all facets of their lives.
This month, I was pleasantly surprised to see that they are promoting Halloween safety and have even featured an adorable video that includes great safety tips. There are also some fun Halloween printable and downloadables to help your little Power Ranger get into the spirit of the season.
I also happen to know that a number of select retailers are carrying Power Ranger costumes for your little trick-or-treater.
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