Merry Men of the Green Wood

by chuckofish

We’ve always been big fans of Robin Hood in this house. When the boys were little, he loomed even larger than Ninja Turtles or Power Rangers, at least most of the time. With Errol Flynn’s perfect film  “The Adventures of Robin Hood” to view over and over

Errol Flynn

and a poster of N.C. Wyeth’s Robin hung over a bed

Robin Hood Wyeth

how could they not want to be Robin Hood? Is anyone cooler? When boy #2 was three years old, he chose to be Robin Hood for Halloween. A good friend made the cap, which was beyond my meager sewing talents, but I made the brown jerkin. Here is Robin at the SLU playgroup with his best friend, who was dressed as a railwayman (albeit it’s hard to tell in this picture). Note that back in the day it was okay to carry weapons: Robin has both a bow and sword.

chris as robin hood2 001
In fact, the little tikes paraded through the SLU corridors, even interrupting classes to get candy. Famously, our little Robin Hood went into his father’s class and shot the teacher (aka Dad). Ah, such innocent times. They’d probably arrest the child now. Be that as it may, some things never change. Here is the same tike all grown up, but still dressing as his favorite for a Halloween party.

Alas, Robin's mother is a bad photographer, so the picture is very blurry.

Alas, Robin’s mother is a bad photographer, so the picture is very blurry, but you get the idea.

As Howard Pyle wrote in his Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, “So passed the seasons then, so they pass now, and so they will pass in time to come, while we come and go like leaves of the tree that fall and are soon forgotten.”

May the rest of your weekend be merry!