We have 2 little boys and both of them also got really into watching the videos; my 4 yr old Percy would try to strum along on my husband’s bass guitar. He asked for his own “widdle guitah” like Mikey’s, so we put in the request to Santa (aka grandparents).
It was a difficult year for us, as it was for everyone. We’d felt quite isolated, as we don’t have family living close by and with winter starting and therefore more time indoors for the boys, the videos were definitely a bright spot for us.
The year took a tragic turn for us when my Dad passed away on Dec. 12. He lived in Illinois, and sadly there couldn’t be a traditional funeral due to the pandemic, but I made the trip to be with my stepmom while the boys stayed with grandparents. It was one of the worst times in my life, to bookend an already difficult year. The kids and I came home in time for Christmas and honestly, it was a little difficult to try to stay cheerful for their sake.
Santa did bring ukuleles for both boys, though, and they went right back to watching the Mikey videos. Percy would ask for “his favorite song”, which is the NOFX cover, over and over on repeat and strum along on his uke. It was just so funny and cute, so I snapped pictures and video to send to my husband and Mom. I sent them to the MAHU Facebook page too, thinking he might also get a kick out of them. He sent me a very kind message back and a video for the kids and it made me smile, which was a hard task at the time. My husband messaged with him after that, thanking him for the kind words and telling how much we love the music. They chatted back and forth, and Mikey set up a couple of surprises for the boys.
Russell told me to watch the cover of The Middle the day he released it as soon as I got up because there was a surprise. I thought the surprise was the lineup because it was another great one ! Russell had joined the Patreon account and you can choose to have your name listed as a top supporter at the end of the videos. Mikey wanted to put all of our names up (his first surprise) so that the boys would see their names on the videos they love so much. To say this made them happy is an understatement! Their reaction was epic.