Happy 40th Birthday, Sesame Street!
Sesame Street was a huge part of my childhood, and I’m sure it was a huge part of yours too. Who could forget “A loaf of bread, a container of milk and a stick of butter” or “Who are the people in your neighborhood?” My Mom said she’d plop me in front of the television when Sesame Street was on and I’d be good for the next hour or so.
Little things I can’t forget :
Oscar the Grouch’s Spaghetti Ice Cream. I was so tempted to scoop a serving of spaghetti into an ice cream cone upon seeing that episode. I still can’t get it out of my head.
Wondering how deep Oscar’s home was. It was just a trash can, but my kiddie mind wondered if he had a living room inside, or a kitchen, or a bedroom…
Cookie Monster’s monstrous cookie eating. I LOVED eat it when Cookie Monster would go “om nom nom!” then stuff the cookies into his mouth. The crumbs would go all over the place! It was so much fun to watch! And imitate? Hmm. I never really tried.
Big Bird’s Nest. It didn’t look particularly comfortable now, did it? But it sure would’ve made a nifty hangout.
The Alligator King. Definitely one of my favorite Sesame Street animations.
Grover’s Near-Far Sketch. Oh c’mon, I’m SURE you know this one! And I’m sure you can copy Grover perfectly too!
Bert and Ernie. They were like the puppet equivalents of Larry and Balki from Perfect Strangers. Balki’s stuffed sheep Dmitri was the Rubber Duckie equivalent. Were Bert and Ernie related, by the way? I always thought they were brothers.
“Today’s episode of Sesame Street was brought to you by the letters…” A cue that it’s time to move on to other things at home aside from watching TV.
Luis looks for “Agua.” Agua was the first Spanish word I learned, thanks to this sketch! Until now, I say “Aaaaguuaaaa” the way Luis says it when I’m very thirsty.
Kermit the Frog newsflash. “Hi-ho this is Kermit the Frog…” And I loved the News Flash logo! Someone should put that on a T-shirt.
The Typewriter on Wheels. Nu ni nu ni nu…
Kids painting the letter P and other P words on glass. I wanted to be one of these kids! The horse was one of my favorite drawings. Oh wait, it was a pony. Sorry.
I could go on and on. Thank you Jim Henson. Thank you Sesame Street for this fuzzy, warm and colorful feeling you give me. Shows like yours make me wish I were a kid again.
Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street? Oh wait, I already know how. But if you can’t, I’ll tell you how — by sharing the memories we have of this awesome children’s television show. What were your favorite memories? Who were your favorite characters?
This blog entry was brought to you by nostalgia and now, the desire to eat cookies and milk while watching Sesame Street reruns.