Wednesday, October 23, 2013
People, contrary to belief, Elvis has NOT left the building! He still lives in the heart of my grandson, Casey, who turned 9 yesterday.
This is the same boy who just this year fell in love with “everything Titanic” and Abraham Lincoln. His love for Lincoln was so strong, that because of his many requests, we all visited “everything Lincoln” in Illinois this spring.
He had never heard of Elvis until his momma played an Elvis song on the radio. He immediately wanted to know who that singer was. His momma told him, and mentioned there was an Elvis station on the radio that played ALL Elvis songs. He wanted her to turn it to that station. That did it. Casey fell in love with Elvis. All of a sudden he wanted an Elvis white jumpsuit with a red scarf for Halloween, an Elvis hairpiece, and a guitar. His momma ordered the jumpsuit about a week ago, and he didn't wait for Halloween; he has almost worn it out, wearing it for anyone as he mimics his beloved Elvis. Since his grandma and his grandpa are big Elvis fans, this has all been music (in the true sense) to our ears. I have lost track of how many times he has sung “Suspicious Minds” for us. He walks in our front door and says, “I just wanna be your teddy bear”, complete with Elvis’s best moves. He has played two CD’s over and over again while acting out his Elvis character. If anyone ever wondered what Elvis might have looked like as a blonde, they can see by looking at Casey.
He had a sleep-over birthday party with five of his friends yesterday. He greeted them in his Elvis suit with a new guitar, and thanked them “very much” (Elvis style) for coming to his party. Wait a minute, did I fail to mention that his grandpa bought him a guitar and gave it to him Friday before his party? Well, that sealed the deal. His family woke up the last two mornings to “Teddy Bear” accompanied by an “original” tune played on his new guitar.
Last Saturday night our little Elvis spent the night with us. Grandpa had brought up two old albums for him to see. One was 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't be Wrong, complete with Elvis in his gold jumpsuit on the cover. Casey picked it up, and stared at it for a few minutes and with the most compassion and awe ever heard in a little boy said “Dis is my favorite picture of Him.”
I have a feeling we will all be heading for Memphis very soon!