Monday, April 2, 2012

Sweeping the Clouds Away

"Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street? " 

Television is a brutal business. I should know. I've worked in television news for fourteen years. And it is with the cold, calculated, cutthroat attitude of a network executive that My Director and I made a decision: We are no longer going to DVR Sesame Street.

Say it ain't so.

So long, old friends.
But it's true. Add Sesame Street to the long list of things Peanut has outgrown. Before this it was the stroller. (We even just took the gate at the top of the stairs down after realizing we were using it mostly for Luna and not Peanut.) But this...Sesame Street...was part of our every day lives. Part of our childhoods and part of hers. The characters we grew up with, the characters she grew up with, unceremoniously discarded after getting maximum enjoyment, like an empty cereal box. The other stuff was just that...stuff.

To be honest, this one hit me pretty hard. I wasn't ready to say goodbye. Are you ever? Those sunny days are over, replaced in the lineup by the likes of Hello Kitty. It's a bitter pill to swallow, but Sesame Street simply wasn't getting the ratings in our house anymore. And it was eating up precious space on the DVR. There were even favorite episodes from over the years that we had saved because Peanut would ask for them specifically.

Good Riddance, Kitty.
But she stopped asking. Even when I would suggest it, she'd ask for something else. Princess movies. Tinker  Bell. Or that wretched Hello Kitty, which I resisted every time. Hello Kitty is the fingernails on the chalkboard of children's entertainment. Worse, Hello Kitty is on Netflix. And she would specifically ask to watch it on the computer. This would seriously cut into my blogging and social media time.

And just as heartlessly as Peanut cancelled Sesame Street, one day Hello Kitty itself was gone. Vanished from the Netflix queue without warning. Peanut was devastated. But unlike Sesame Street, she wasn't ready to say goodbye. I must admit that while I was quietly rejoicing, I did feel badly for Peanut. This must be what it will feel like when that first punk boyfriend I hate breaks up with her. Then again, there will probably be rage to go with my joy when that happens.

To this day, Peanut asks for Hello Kitty. Yet it remains missing from Netflix. My Director says maybe one day we'll get her some episodes on DVD. I say over my dead body. Rest easy, Strawberry Shortcake. You're safe for now.

But THIS is getting old fast too:




It wasn't too long ago that Peanut came to me asking who my favorite Sesame Street character is. Here's how I answered. 

16 comments:

  1. It's so hard to say goodbye to yesterday... Someone should write a song about that. I have over a 100 episodes of Mickey Mouse clubhouse just waiting to be watched, but alas Johnny Test and Ninjago are the new favorites.

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    1. I don't even know what those are! Hahaha. At least Sesame Street was guilt-free tv.

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  2. Funny. My kids also out grew Sesame Street over time (they are 10 and 11 now). It's strange to me that Tony (my husband) never grew up on Sesame Street (he lived in Portugal until he was 10).

    But there is hope... occasionally I will put on channel 2 in the morning, and catch them still watching. It is a sight to hold. :)

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    1. We went to Sesame Place two summers ago, and thought MAYBE we'd get back there once before she outgrew it. Nope.

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    2. At least you made it. We never did. And now the main complain when going anywhere is the height requirement and that the ride did not scare bodily fluids out of them. *sigh*

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    3. The great thing about Sesame Street is that there is fun on it even for adults. Not so much with Hello Kitty. I am sorry!

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  3. Great post, and totally know what you are talking about. Sesame is iconic, and it was so tough to see that one go as it encompassed my childhood as well, but for some reason I miss Dinosaur Train the most.

    But a funny thing happened on the way through parenthood, we had a 2nd kid and now are entering Round 2 of all these shows. Right now it's Sesame, Mickey, and Chuggington all over again and it's great. And soon I shall be reunited with Buddy the T-rex!

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    1. #2 may not come for a while, if ever. But a man can dream I guess.

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  4. Never really thought of it. We never did Sesame Street, but Blue's Clues, Little Bear, Winnie the Pooh. My daughter who's 4 years younger than my oldest never really got to watch those shows anyway. Oh, and wait until Peanut turns 16 and you watch her drive out the driveway for the first time. What you're going through now? It's all child's play compared to that one. Sat on the steps and cried, yes, I did.

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  5. I'm not ready for the Street to go! I love watching it with my son. Oh well time moves on right?

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    1. So true. Enjoy it. You won't be ready when he;s over it!

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  6. It is sad and exciting to see kids move from one interest or phase to another. Big soft dollies turn to little plastic Pollys. We are having a big garage sale the weekend after Easter and it will be sad to say good-bye to those special old toys and outfits.

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  7. Yes. For some reason, I thought Sesame Street would last a little longer. And I thought its farewell would be a little more ceremonious.

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  8. Funny post because I can relate. Thanks for making me laugh today. ;)

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