While My Magnadoodle Gently Weeps

October 25th, 2011 · 64 comments

Dave‘s eight-year-old daughter is a huge of the Beatles…and at this moment, a not-so-huge fan of her father.

I wish cute George Harrison was my Daddy instead of you!

Dave, perhaps in a few years she’ll appreciate that, if nothing else, at least you spared her the unibrow gene?

related: Abbey Road idiots

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  • #1   scott hall

    how does an 8-year-old know who george harrison is

    Oct 25, 2011 at 6:34 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   punkypower

      She has cool parents who expose her to more than Justin Bieber.

      Oct 25, 2011 at 7:01 pm   rating: 119  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.2   canteen

      If her dad is the best dad on earth! Like this one:
      http://www.theonion.com/articles/cool-dad-raising-daughter-on-media-that-will-put-h,26132/
      And also like me.

      Oct 25, 2011 at 7:02 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.3   lisa

      cause she has a cool dad?

      Oct 25, 2011 at 7:19 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.4   The Elf

      The Beatles’ music is still relevant today. It’s just plain good music! That’s how I learned of George Harrison despite having not yet been born when the Beatles broke up and having opera-and-classical loving parents. I wanted to know which Beatle wrote my favorites and I was surprised to learn that they were all Harrison tunes.

      I was a bit older than 8 though.

      Oct 26, 2011 at 6:55 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.5   Denise

      my son knows the words to “come together” because his teacher plays it for them. I knew a lot of Beatles songs by the age of 8. I was raised on good rock-n-roll. The Beatles are all over now a days.

      Oct 26, 2011 at 7:15 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.6   Brittani

      My 10 year old brother LOVES The Beatles. He’s got an Abbey Road poster in his room. It looks weird next to all the video game ones haha.

      … my parents don’t listen to the Beatles and I’m much older and moved out before he got into music, so I have no idea how he started listening to them, but I’m glad.

      Oct 26, 2011 at 3:28 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.7   Jami

      I’m more curious if her father is cool enough to have introduced her to the Beatles’ biggest inspiration, Buddy Holly & The Crickets.

      I also wonder if Paul McCartney still owns all the copy rights to all of Buddy Holly’s songs.

      Oct 28, 2011 at 3:39 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #2   Adriana

    First, does she know he’s dead? Second, do you think she’ll still think George Harrison is dreamy when she learns about “Got My Mind Set on You”?

    Oct 25, 2011 at 6:42 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

     
  • #3   Somebody Else

    Because she’s a kid, she’s doesn’t really understand how hurtful her words can be. The cute one was Paul, not George.

    Oct 25, 2011 at 6:43 pm   rating: 33  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   park rose

      My folks had “Let it Be,” and as an 8 year old, I often pored over the cover, and debated who was cuter, Paul or George. On that cover, I think George won. Poor Ringo, didn’t get a look in, and at the age I was, I didn’t realise the cool irony attached to granny glasses.

      Oct 26, 2011 at 6:46 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #4   Lindsey

    Fake

    Oct 25, 2011 at 6:43 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

     
  • #5   paperback writer

    Apparently she has been raised properly (says a bonafide Beatlemaniac).

    Oct 25, 2011 at 6:51 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

     
  • #6   amanda

    ^^^ cause her parents raised her right!

    Oct 25, 2011 at 6:51 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

     
  • #7   Lindsey

    Screw the note, someone tell me where I can buy a Magnadoodle!

    Oct 25, 2011 at 6:52 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

     
  • #8   Emma Apple

    I was a huge fan of John Lennon from about age 6.

    Oct 25, 2011 at 6:52 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #9   jamison

    beatles rock band.

    Oct 25, 2011 at 6:54 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #10   ds

    I knew who george harrison was when i was 8 – you know, because my parents shared some of their favorite music with me, whic hincluded the beatles. i also saw rocky horror picture show for the first time when i was 8 – my parents ruled!

    Oct 25, 2011 at 7:07 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   Sean Jungian

      I often say that this is probably my favorite thing about being a parent – inflicting my tastes in music, movies, and art on my child.

      Oct 25, 2011 at 11:16 pm   rating: 20  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.2   The Elf

      It doesn’t always stick, says the headbanger whose parents’ idea of rocking out was playing Beethovan’5th.

      Oct 26, 2011 at 6:57 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.3   chorkpop

      Absolutely! With this little girl in particular, she has her own mind made up about what’s good and what sucks. Completely. I tell her that the early Beatles stuff is mindless tripe, and she should be listening to Sergeant Pepper, Rubber Soul, Revolver, etc…she pays me no heed at all. That being said, she’s just as likely to want to hear “I Want to Hold Your Hand” as “I Me Mine”. She’s working on Ph.D. in Beatles obscura at age 8. Give me hope, help me cope…

      Oct 27, 2011 at 10:46 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #11   bad mom

    My girl has been a huge Beatles fan since kindergarten. She asks for CDs and DVDs every occasion, but has never [yet] wished her dad were Paul.

    Oct 25, 2011 at 7:10 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   zenvelo

      Oh, she’s a Ringo fan?

      Oct 25, 2011 at 7:25 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.2   unsatisfied

      CDs? what the hell are those?

      Oct 26, 2011 at 9:12 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #12   Quite Contrary

    The real tragedy will be if his daughter’s daughter hopes for a cute dad like Justin Bieber.

    Oct 25, 2011 at 7:33 pm   rating: 20  small thumbs up

     
  • #13   Eileen

    Who doesn’t like the Beatles? Their music transcends the generation gap.

    Oct 25, 2011 at 7:47 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   Canthz_B bang

      Me.

      Oct 26, 2011 at 12:21 am   rating: 17  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.2   Clumber

      Raises hand. Me too, Brute’.

      And I was exposed to it from very young… oh how I was… (curls into ball and tries to make the nasty earworms leave….)

      Oct 27, 2011 at 11:34 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #14   JdotPav

    This girl is studying at a Beatles 401 level. Good for her!

    Oct 25, 2011 at 8:06 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #15   John

    I dont care how – any 8 year old who knows who George Harrison is gives me hope for the future.

    Oct 25, 2011 at 8:28 pm   rating: 21  small thumbs up

     
  • #16   Ace of Space

    Hey kid, your mom wishes your dad was George Harrison, too.

    Oct 25, 2011 at 9:25 pm   rating: 37  small thumbs up

     
  • #17   Roto13

    Nice job on the post title.

    Oct 25, 2011 at 9:43 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

     
  • #18   Adriana

    If she liked the Stones, I’d be more impressed.

    Oct 25, 2011 at 11:52 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #18.1   Brittani

      My stepdad made sure my sister and I liked ‘em! I’ve been listening to the Stones since he got together with my mom when I was 7. Got a huge appreciation for them, saw them live in ’06 when I was 17… my friends and I roadtripped, it was so excellent.

      Oct 26, 2011 at 3:31 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #19   AuntyBron

    So, is it just me? or does that pic of George Harrison look like he’s got fangs?

    Oct 26, 2011 at 12:09 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   Canthz_B bang

      I know! Vampires seem to be the in thing with kids these days.

      Oct 26, 2011 at 12:20 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #20   gus

    And I wish Janis Joplin was my mommy instead of you!

    Oct 26, 2011 at 12:12 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #21   Old Uncle Toe bang

    Sorry dad. All things must pass.

    Oct 26, 2011 at 12:23 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

     
  • #22   Canthz_B bang

    Dad’s one lucky man.

    Imagine what his kid could do to his ego with a V-Tech toy.

    She’d probably be attracted to a more contemporary artist than a Fisher-Price type and the only rock she’d be into would be crack!

    Oct 26, 2011 at 12:31 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #23   Canthz_B bang

    Could have been worse. The kid could have wished Flava Flav was her dad.

    Oct 26, 2011 at 12:37 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #23.1   The Elf

      He might be. With Flav, you never know.

      Oct 26, 2011 at 6:59 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #24   Canthz_B bang

    The unibrow, the fangs and the fingers? Looks like he’s transforming into a werewolf…something not often captured on camera.

    Oct 26, 2011 at 12:40 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #25   Earl Hamsher

    I wish he was my dad too. I’d even take Davey Jones (unless he doesn’t get any royalties or residuals).

    Oct 26, 2011 at 12:58 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #25.1   Canthz_B bang

      Going for George Harrison was more like going for Peter Tork than Davey Jones. :-P

      Oct 26, 2011 at 1:31 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #26   BreezaBeats

    I loved Keith Richards when I was about that age. It explains so much about my life now ;)

    Oct 26, 2011 at 4:33 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #26.1   Brittani

      I loved the Stones growing up, but didn’t get a thing for Keith til I saw them in concert in high school – old as the hills, cigarette danglin’ out of his mouth through the whole (outdoor and rain-soaked) concert (how he kept it lit is beyond me) and I fell head over heels in love. Weirdest crush ever.

      Oct 26, 2011 at 3:32 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #27   The Elf

    I love that she is a George Harrison fan! The quiet Beatle is my favorite too.

    Oct 26, 2011 at 7:03 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

     
  • #28   Nunavut Guy

    Well my darling daughter,George might well be your father.Your mom was a dirty little whore.

    Oct 26, 2011 at 7:46 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

     
  • #29   GhostWriter bang

    Sure- everybody just loves the “cute” George Harrison, but what if she accidentally asked for the “fat” George Harrison? …kinda like getting Zach Galifianakis as your dad. Although, it’s probably better than being stuck with the “hobo” George Harrision, or the “Manson” Harrison as your dad, right?

    Oct 26, 2011 at 8:24 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #29.1   chorkpop

      Excellent point…the thing is, she’s very clear that she only likes the young George Harrison. She has no love the shaggy hippie latter day George.

      Also, for those of you who wonder if she knows he’s dead…she is very aware of that, and is very sad that she’ll never get to see 1/2 of the members of her favorite band ever. But, being the excellent father that I am — when I first saw this note, my response to her was “So, you’d prefer a dead Ex-Beatle to me? Warms my heart.”

      Oct 27, 2011 at 10:41 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #29.2   clemdane

      I actually can’t imagine anything cooler than having Zach Galifianakis as one’s Dad.

      Oct 27, 2011 at 5:31 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #30   emcd

    Give her another year or 2 and she’ll be wishing Eric Clapton was her daddy …

    Oct 26, 2011 at 8:43 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #30.1   Spooky

      I see what you did there.

      Oct 26, 2011 at 1:09 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #30.2   Clumber

      FFS KEEP HER AWAY FROM THE WINDOW!!!

      too soon?

      Oct 27, 2011 at 11:36 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #31   Beesus

    Awwww, the little Electra is startin’ early…bless.

    Oct 26, 2011 at 8:46 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #32   unsatisfied

    all you need is love, my ass.

    Oct 26, 2011 at 9:08 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #33   squirrel seeds

    I agree that this might be fake. When girls call someone “cute,” they usually mean they want them for a boyfriend, not a dad.

    Oct 27, 2011 at 10:16 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #33.1   via

      well sometimes at that age girls are infatuated with their dads n are “in love with them” i remember everyday i would wait anxiously fro my dad come from work so he would help me with my homework n then we could play it was the happiest moment of my day, same as today but now i wait for my boyfriend haha n i get very excited lol

      Oct 28, 2011 at 3:15 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #34   clemdane

    There’s a lot that you don’t know about Apple scruffs…

    Oct 27, 2011 at 5:32 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #35   Mwalfred

    They obviously don’t have parental control on their cable remote and she’s watched Scorsese’s documentary on HBO. Good taste little one!

    Oct 27, 2011 at 10:28 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #36   deprogrammed

    So, I’m the only one who thinks that looks a little like Margaret Hamilton (the Wicked Witch in the Wizard of Oz)?

    Oct 28, 2011 at 6:20 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #37   Sumertime

    When I was pregnant with my daughter she would moved around non stop if the Beatles were playing ..she is now almost 9 and still loves them. She shushes me while wating Yellow Submarie (though apparently it is just fine for her to sing Lucy in the Sky with DIamonds at the top of her lungs) and has been arguing Bealt lyrics with her 60 year old Beatle-maniac great-uncle for years….

    She was also the only 3 year old probably in 3 states that like to listen to Blind Faith on vinyl with the giant headphones..

    Oct 31, 2011 at 1:46 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     

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