No, I’m not asking for additional neighbors for my farm, my aquarium or tank but I’m rather humming one of the popular children’s songs on Sesame Street – my “babysitter” 30 something years ago. Long before Facebook’s games like Farmtown, Farmville, Café World, Yoville and my current craze, Fishville, as a child during my carefree days, I was hooked up watching this great children’s show of all time!
“Sunny days sweeping the clouds away… tell me how to get to Sesame Street”…Much of my childhood was spent viewing Jim Henson’s muppets. This keeps me glued to the TV entering my own world while Mom does her things around the house. This show will always have a soft spot in my heart as it helped me get acquainted with the English language at an early age which later on became my favorite subject in school.
With Big Bird, the 8 ft. tall yellow bird, who has the mind of a 6 year old, asking endless questions and his adorable “imaginary” best friend, Mr. Snuffleupagus sporting long lashes and big eyes prouncing the streets. I find him cute despite his enormous size!
Who wouldn’t know this kinda greedy blue-furred, Cookie Monster munching and chumping all his favorite – cookies! Others I love are best friends, Ernie and Bert, who live together but are exact opposites of each other but then despite their differences, they try to work it out in the end. I crack out laughing watching Grover, who seems not to get things right. I can still vividly remember one episode wherein he passed out from demonstrating “near” and “far”. The Count, a dracula who teaches kids how to count with thunder roaring at the background as he does his thing. “Ala peanut butter sandwiches!” is what the Amazing Mumford utters while waving his wand. Guy Smiley of the Sesame Street Newsflash interviewing Snow White and Sleeping Beauty and other fairytale characters. Oscar the Grouch, the green grumpy monster living in a garbage can telling children its ok to be different. And Elmo who has gotten more popular nowadays. Kermit the Frog of course singing “It’s Not Easy Being Green” long before he met and married Miss Piggy of the Muppets. (poor frog)
It has also awakened in me at an early age my inclination to music with their classical tunes. Some of which are: “Who Are the People In Your Neighborhood”, a personal favorite; “Rubber Duckie” by Ernie; “C is for Cookie” by who else but Cookie Monster, and “Sing” (sing, sing a song, make it simple…don’t worry that it’s not good enough for everyone else to hear…) by the Carpenters, another beautiful song.
Sesame Street is celebrating it’s 40th Birthday this November. November 10, 1069 to be exact, the television show premiered and has gained international acclaim garnering 118 Emmy Awards with its huge following by children all across the globe.
It is not just any ordinary children’s show but rather focuses on specific learning skills such as math, the alphabet, spatial skills and memory retention. I can say it’s my true first teacher and they made if fun for kids to learn many things. Every kid truly loves the show. Embracing diversity was also one of their educational goals. Children of all races were included like Linda, a deaf/mute cast teaching sign language to children, Rosita, a muppet from Mexico taught kids Spanish words as well as special children.
So many memories from my childhood come flooding in again as I recall my favorite TV show when I was young, the songs still etched in my heart and I know even if I’ll have my own kids I’ll forever be one great fan of Sesame Street. This article is brought to you by the letter E and the numbers 1 and 9.