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February 21st, 2003

the beginnings of a new U2 fan.....a little one at that! @ 11:08 pm

nicstaru2:
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Here's a story, not about my beginnings as a U2 fan, but about the beginnings of a new U2 fan.

I am a pre-school teacher, and just at the end of last year, while I was on a break, and completely nothing to do with me, one of our 4 year old boys was to be heard banging out some beat on the upturned slide. He announced to everyone he was pretending to be Larry in U2, and that he was singing Beautiful Day or something. Upon speaking to his parents, we discovered his parents are fans of U2, and he had developed a liking of U2 himself.

Roll on yesterday.... again I was on my break....and when I got back the other staff member says to me: "J. was just pretending the blocks were guitars, and he came running up to me saying 'listen to this! listen I know a cool song' and started singing Helter Skelter word for word. Then he said 'I love U2 I do!' He said he has the Rattle and Hum DVD at home".

I laughed, and went and asked him about it....we both started to sing Helter Skelter and Van Diemen's Land together. He then invited me over to his house this weekend to watch the DVD....gave me his address and all! Dude! A date with a 4 year old U2 lover!

Today I told his mother about it. She commented on how obssessed he is with the R&H DVD, a litte concerned (like I am about to tell her thats a problem, being so into U2....). Today I took the R&H cd in for J. and we put it on after they got the blocks out as guitars again. J. loved it. In fact, I have not seen someone impersonate Edge as spot on as he did. He had 3/4 of the class in on the dancing/singing/guitar thing too. I couldn't stop laughing....it was amazing. All I have to say to his mother now is something along the lines of "there are worse things he could be into...U2 music can only lead him down a good path, albeit an expensive one..."
 
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From:bostondave
Date:February 21st, 2003 04:29 am (UTC)
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Cute story.
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From:chelsea_energy
Date:February 21st, 2003 04:31 am (UTC)

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awwww That is so cute! :D
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From:julylorelei
Date:February 21st, 2003 05:29 am (UTC)
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That's one to remember... especially when this boy gets older. If he gets into music, it'll be the best "beginning" story to be able to tell:

"Even when I was in preschool, I was impersonating Larry and Edge... even tried to sing like Bono... everyone knew there was something special going on, even back then..."

His parents should see how he responds to some of the other CDs/DVDs, too - gotta have a balanced U2 experience ;)
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From:eilis40
Date:February 21st, 2003 06:06 am (UTC)
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What a great story! I'm a teacher too (7th grade), and I often pop in Joshua Tree or Passengers when the kids are doing group work. One of my students is really into U2 as well, so he's picked my brain about past shows I've been to, etc. It's kinda cute.

Love that a younger generation is catching on. "This love will last forever..."
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From:sune70
Date:February 21st, 2003 06:53 am (UTC)
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My 5 yr old daughter is in love with Bono and insists she will marry him someday...lol. She plays my drum kit along to Sunday Bloody Sunday quite regularly and her kindergarten teacher told me she even talked about U2 at show and tell one day. :)

*so proud*
From:ashtreenymph
Date:February 23rd, 2003 05:05 pm (UTC)
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I wish my 6 year old sister was obsessed with Bono like that...oh well, more for me!
From:goblingemini
Date:February 21st, 2003 10:05 am (UTC)
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That is adorable :-)
From:ecchinkgrl
Date:February 21st, 2003 12:46 pm (UTC)
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that's just beautiful, so adorable. i have an odd beginning too..i'm actually 17 right now, but i was first introduced to U2 when my older brother (now 28) was watching, i think, a U2 POP or ZOO TV tour concert on TV, when i was maybe 8. and i asked him "who's that weird guy with the hat and cowboy boots?" of course..it was edge. anyway, it's great that people have the opportunity to brainwash kids to like U2 hehe
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From:simu2fan
Date:February 21st, 2003 01:10 pm (UTC)
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That's too adorable. that reminds of a U2 party I went to where we watched U2 videos all night long. This one guy showed a video of his 2 year old little son singing and dancing along to beautiful day from the Boston DVD. OMG!!! it was hilarious. This little toddler was acting exactly like Bono...god we laughed sooooo hard!!! I told Pete (the guy) that he's raising his son RIGHT!!! :-D
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From:glitterkittykid
Date:February 21st, 2003 01:36 pm (UTC)
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that kicks massive ass.
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From:stateless
Date:February 21st, 2003 04:42 pm (UTC)
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haha! too cute. thanks for the smile. :-)
From:ashtreenymph
Date:February 23rd, 2003 05:07 pm (UTC)

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That has to be the coolest 4 year old alive
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From:rockontheedge
Date:February 25th, 2003 12:45 pm (UTC)
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Wow! That reminds me of this little three year old i babysit. I'm working on turning him into a U2 fan...what happened was he wasn't being very good and wanting to go to bed, so i just got fed up and said that he would have to lay down on the couch or else, and that I was going to watch TV. I had noticed when looking through the kiddie dvds one day that, lo and behold there was the Elevation DVD! So i popped it in, and the little boy just sitting there on the couch scowling. But when it came on, he just loved it. I was having to point out, "okay, thats bono, with the neat sunglasses, and see, him in the hat, that's Edge, etc." and he started doing it himself..except he was mixing them all up :D He refers to them as Ohno and bedge. And after the first song, he gave me this pitiful look and asked "ohno gone?" until i explained that, no, it was just the end of the song. The next time i brought my war cd and we listened to it, and i showed him who was who on the cover. He was very proud to tell his daddy later who was who on his mom's cds! :D It was adorable. Except now he's always asking me where Bono is. *sighs* I'm corrupting little children with U2...

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