September 08, 2006

A tribute

I am so saddened by the death of Steve Irwin. I wasn't a huge loyal fan or anything, but he was such a very fun bloke that was hard not to like. My kids, when they were a bit younger, watched this crocodile hunter a lot on animal planet video tapes that my dad used to record for them and send to us B.C. (before cable) Well, before we had cable anyway.

Anyhow, I am surprised at how hard the news of the crocodile hunters death has hit me. I am still constantly thinking about it. About his wife, Terry and their 2 young children that he left behind. How incredibly sad.

Then the memory came to me. My son Ian (when he was 4 years old) wanted to dress up as Steve Irwin at Halloween. I probably didn't remember it right off the bat, because honestly it was a costume that I put the least effort into. I found it at Wal-mart for $9.99 and picked it up as just for dress up play. But he insisted on wearing it for Halloween. It was a short lived Steve Irwin phase he went through, but now that I think back... he was so in awe of the spitting cobras, and crocodiles that the fun Australian handled.

So in tribute to Steve Irwin. Here are a couple of pictures of my son Ian doing his best impressions of him.

If you look closely you may notice on the back part of the words... Crocodile Hunter and logo, Hard to see, but it's there. I also sewed on a huge tarantula to his shirt. Notice the long snake around Ian's neck and the huge crocodile he is holding at his side.

It was a great costume, that got a lot of fun responses from other parents at the pre-school holiday parade.


Long Live Animal Preservation!


Anonymous Sue said...

Steve was a hero to Joe, my budding naturalist as well. And Nick asked if there was anyone comparable in the US. Someone loved worldwide, who did great things for his country and world, brought tourists to his country because of his work and whose tragic passing is mourned by children, politicians, environmentalists and moms alike. I can think of no one. Rest in peace, Steve Irwin, rest in peace.

2:59 PM  
Anonymous beth said...

A nice tribute, Lisa. The costume was very cute!

3:44 PM  
Anonymous Kim said...

Your son is such a cutie! I wasn't a big fan of Steve's either, but I was very saddened by his death. True animal advocates are so hard to come by. My reaction when John Denver died was terrible. He was such a great supporter of the environment and I felt his loss so deeply. These people impact animal and nature lovers, whether we were fans or not.
Moving tribute.

11:11 PM  
Anonymous Marilee B Smith said...

What a sweet story and tribute to Steve. My children love and have loved watching Steve on tv for a few years and we will miss him greatly and we are all also saddened for his family.

Did your son wear that costume while you lived in San Jose? I seem to remember him wearing it... At the time my son had only seen Steve a few times but was in awe of the costume. Anyways... We miss you all greatly. Thank you for keeping us all up to date with your posts.


11:41 PM  
Anonymous Mom (aka) Nana said...

This is just too, too cute! and, a personality to match.

We were big fans of Steve and greatly saddened by his death. I pray for Terri and the kids for their tragic loss.

When I saw this picture of Ian, I couldn't help thinking of the time when he was about 3 years old and so infatuated with his Auntie Drea that he tried to impress her every time she came to visit. Remember the "tool belt" incident? That's my Ian.... too cute!

Love - Mom

9:39 PM  

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