Mister Rogers and Captain Kangaroo taught me that mail delivery people are really, really nice, and other useful lessons.
But Sesame Street was different. It was urban for one thing. Sesame Street is located in an inner city, where the people live in brownstones and walk to the corner grocery (oh, Mr. Hooper!). I didn't live in a place like that and found it fascinating. I also did not have Hispanic and African American neighbors. I loved Gordon and Maria! It was so much like everything I knew, and also so different. And there were funny, furry monsters, which is always awesome.
I learned my first Spanish (ok, my only Spanish) watching Sesame Street. My first non-English word was "agua." The episode showed a kid letting the water run while he brushed his teeth, and in a split screen you could see a fish looking sad and concerned as the water drained out of his lake. So the kid learns to turn the water off while brushing so he doesn't waste the agua. I still think of that episode when brushing!
Sesame Street is 40 years old this year. Tonight, I took a stroll down memory lane and for the first time saw Big Bird, Burt and Ernie, Cookie Monster, the Count, and Oscar in person. They were amazing.
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Bear however, was all about Elmo. Every scene in Sesame Street Live that did not feature Elmo (thank goodness there weren't many) he wanted to know, "Where'd Elmo go?" The show was colorful, the music was cute, and BIG BIRD! I saw the real Big Bird! (I always wanted to climb in his nest with him when he'd take a nap and do that weird snore thing.)
My favorite part was a great under the sea scene with Burt dressed as a scuba diver, and Bear's favorite was Big Bird's Parade, marching to a preschool version of "When The Saints Go Marching In."
Sesame Street Live is in Nashville this weekend, and if you use discount code ERNIE ("Rubber Duckie, You're The One." Love that song.) you get $3 off each ticket. (They gave me tickets to the show. Thanks Sesame Street peeps! We had a blast!)
Happy Birthday Sesame Street!
PS: Not present at the show, much to my disappointment, was Snuffleupagus. I was really hoping he'd be there - I *heart* Snuffy. Which was your favorite from Sesame Street?