three years ago on setsubun day (february 3rd), i debuted as an oni for the first time. this year, panda-san volunteered to become oni! initially i tried to put the plastic oni mask onto elijah — silly me. elijah said a definite “no!” and threw the mask away like trash, running out of the room laughing with victory. i grabbed him and tried again but he went limp and slipped through my arms.
i made some maki-sushi with tofu and vegetables. elijah skillfully peeled off the nori and ate the rice and tofu. you’re supposed to eat as many roasted soybeans as your age but they were too crunchy for him. so i made cooked soybeans instead for easy digestion.
“who is this man anyway?”
this is one of the christmas presents i made for elijah. it’s a panda backpack. elijah really likes the pandas we’ve bought him. he has three panda cuddly toys from ikea. he really looks up to them, he’ll follow whatever they’re doing. when his panda sits down on a chair without making a fuss, so does elijah. when his panda eats quietly takes a few bites of supper, so does elijah. so pandas are very helpful for elijah’s mama.
elijah is happy when his pandas are happy.
and he feels sad when they are sad.
i don’t know if he can really use this as a backpack, since it’s made out of felt. but that’s okay, it’s just another useless toy from his mama.
elijah loves drawing. he says ‘pensu~ (pencil), doroin (drawing)’ and climbs up on a chair by my drawing table. he says ‘sit!’ as he sits. now he is ready to do some drawing.
after drawing some snakes, wires, spaghetti and hair, he usually grabs my hand asking me to draw.
but today, he is going to draw on his own. what are you drawing, elijah?
his friend, panda-san!
(photos from september, before i gave him an awful haircut)
when elijah feels pain, i do too.
you can take a look at the process here:
art recipe 1
art recipe 2
art recipe 3
art recipe 4
it’s been super cold here in saskatoon. it’s already the end of april! it was snowing the other day… i like prairie winter – so cold and painful, but not this long.
i should start spreading cherry blossom heads. they will keep me warm.