5 And A Beagle

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Monday, November 09, 2009

Sesame Street Memories 

If you've been dropping by the google home page at all this week you can't help but notice that Sesame Street is celebrating its 40 anniversary. It started with the distinct yellow/orange legs of Big Bird substituting as the letter 'L', and a few days later the googly eyes of Cookie Monster took the place of the two 'O's, and today it's one of my favourites, Count Von Count.

While Sesame Street wasn't a part of my childhood (too old), it was certainly a part of each of my children's. Sesame Street, along with Mr. Dressup and Fred Penner formed a weekday morning trinity of fun and educational TV time (for them and me). I recall #3 sitting at the table in the front room with his Sesame Street figurines and playing along with them while watching the show. The conversations he'd hold were priceless. #4 and #5 would always be more co-operative during bath time if I'd put on the voice of Elmo while rinsing the shampoo out of their hair. "Elmo says lift your chin and look waaaayyy up! That's it!"

We had almost every Sesame Street character imaginable floating around the house for years. From a little plastic Big Bird, Snuffleupagus or Super Grover figurines, to handcrafted stuffed Berts and Ernies, to the lovable Tickle-Me Elmo.

Even now, Christmas Eve isn't complete without watching 'Christmas Eve on Sesame Street'. Child or adult, how can you not laugh at the antics of Cookie Monster as he writes, types and phones in his wish list to Santa.

While most of the toys have been packed up and put in the attic, there are a few that can still be found in the bedrooms .

Happy 40th, Sesame Street. Thanks for the memories!



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