As you may know, the children’s television program Sesame Street has always been very dear to me. Watching it back in 1969 sparked my young imagination and inspired me to become a puppeteer.
When I became a father in 2004, I was very happy that I could once again enjoy the “sunny days” on Sesame Street. Our daughter Eleanor picked up on her Daddy’s interest in all things Sesame quickly. Some of her first baby words were “Ku Ku” (for Cookie Monster) and “Bi Bi” (for Big Bird). She loved sitting with me on the couch every morning at ten to see what our pals on Sesame Street were going to do. If you are a parent, you know that there are literally TONS of Sesame Street products for young children. We bought, or were given, many of them. Both of our children played with their Sesame Street toys for many happy hours. I was often asked to supply the voices for our collection of Sesame Street puppets and toys. Imagine that!
Yet, this past week I was watching a few episodes from the 42nd season of Sesame Street all by myself. Eleanor and Tiernan were off at school and I had no one to share my thoughts about the new episodes with. They had “graduated” from The Street just as I had many years ago. I am sure that many parents have feelings of sadness as their children out grow certain television shows, clothes, toys. I know that I have them and can expect more feelings similar to these in the years to come as my children learn and grow beyond the happy times we had watching Sesame Street together.
Thank you Sesame Street, for those sunny days I had with Eleanor and Tiernan, they will forever be cherished memories.