no. wait a minute. it’s a new year!
funny how fast time passes…
two years ago, elijah was a pouty penguin for halloween. last year, he was super dave osborne.
this year, he went as the beatles. i got a pattern for a toddler suit. i improvised the collar to make it look like the beatles suits. i also made a yellow submarine plush toy since it is one of his fave songs. as with my usual tradition, i made it the night before the halloween.
elijah’s love for the beatles started in september when we bought the beatles rock band game. we put elijah on our laps when we play the drums. he’d hold the sticks as we play. elijah was hooked.
since then, elijah has been asking to play the beatles on stereo every single day, day and night. at the breakfast table, he’d ask,
elijah (in japanese): “what should we listen to?”
mama: “anything is fine.”
elijah: “let’s play the beatles!” (with visible enthusiasm)
i borrowed a DVD of ‘the ed sullivan show’ from the library. it includes not only the beatles, but the other musician and comedians from the original shows in 1964. all elijah cared about was the beatles. he wanted me jump ahead to the part where the beatles were playing. one of the dvds was scratched and kept skipping during the part where the beatles play ‘ticket to ride’. i was trying to fix it while elijah was screaming his head off and crying —
“mama, chigauyo! beatles shite yo! (mama, it’s wrong! do the beatles!)”
he’d strum the pink guitar that i found at value village and jump and sing ‘hard days night’ over and over again. he’d tell me to sit behind him and play the drums, papa to play the bass/guitar, and his stuffed red dog to be george. he’d stand in front of the microphone stand and sing like john.
he’d say “mama, ringo shitene. papa ha paul dayo” [‘mama be ringo, OK? papa is paul’]
it helps papa’s name is also paul.
after having watched the movie, ‘hard days night’, he’d run around as the song starts — just like the beatles!
the outfit is not perfect — the front doesn’t close properly, i used black felt for the inner part of the sleeves since i ran out of the gray felt. the pants were too short around the belly, so i attached black felt belt.
nonetheless, he seemed happy to look like the beatles.