I was brought up in the slumps of Mexico City. My grandmother who brought me
up didn't have the money to purchase a cape and a hat for me. For many children,
their action heroes might be Super Man, Captain America, or even spider man.
But not for me. I wanted to become an action hero riding on his horse, with his
cloak and hat flapping in the wind. No, not the Lone Ranger, although I must admit,
that sounds quite enticing living in Texas. No, I wanted to become a dark figure,
maybe silent, but deadly. Not concealing a weapon, but covering my face, kind of like
Batman does. My weapon of choice the foil, rapier, epée, or the cold and steely
From that time on, I really never grew up. I was encased in a dream world where
children are found. The action hero was my comfort and guide, always remembering
that reality is thinner than air. So for a child to understand an adult, you have to
be one of them. You have to bend down to their higher level when you speak to them,
and you have to become a person who will defend them and protect them from
all adversities, just like an action hero does.
We are bikers, action heroes of flesh and bones, ready to stand between them and
the dark force, Darth Vader, and his cronies. Except that the evil beings are not
in the movies and have to be dealt with the sharp Sabre of justice.
Now my child dream has come true and I ride on a glittering iron horse, once again
to defend those in need, those who are good, innocent, and precious. NOTHING stands
in my way. I am at the ready to unsheathe my sword, which is my strength and
determination to succeed in comforting as much as empowering kids to dream
once again and become the children that they are. They don’t have to grow up
now and deal with the filthiness of adult life.
If everyone were children, we all would settle world conflicts over a game of
capture the flag, kick the can, Hopscotch, Jump-Rope and Double Dutch,
or Hide and Seek, and NOT with war.
So when someone calls me silly, childish, or even an idiot for dressing up as Zorro,
I feel that that is the best accolade anybody can say to me - I have left my mark.
I leave you with this humble word:
He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said:
“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never
enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this
child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such
child in my name welcomes me.
-- Mathew 18:2