I found out recently that just a few months after I was born, another very special and influential set of characters also came into the world.
This week, Sesame Street celebrated its 40th birthday.
Just think, if I had been born a few years earlier, I might have missed the chance to spend my “nursery school” years with Bert, Ernie, Cookie Monster, The Count, Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch.
Who would have taught me to count? Where would I have learned my letters and numbers? I mean Discovery Toys wasn’t even born until 10 years later!
Sesame Street was really the best thing on TV when I was a kid. What was the other choice back then? Mr. Rogers?
I kept hearing this week about an online quiz people were taking to find out the identity of the Sesame Street character they are most like. I always have a hard time with those types of quizzes. It’s so hard to answer honestly vs. answering what you think you should answer and subconsciously trying not to answer a certain way because you KNOW it will mean you are Bert.
In the end, I was amazed at how accurate my description turned out to be:
You are Big Bird. You have a wonderful imagination and you are very creative. You sometimes can get too excited over new things, which often leads to you being disappointed when things don’t turn out like you planned. But you never stay down for long and always try again.
So, go take the quiz and then come back and tell me who you are. But most importantly, you have to give me your description, too! I really want to know. Please??
Oh… and that’s what I’m thankful for today. Sesame Street. A time when kids could eat cookies like a monster without worrying about the ingredient list or whether they would get crumbs on the floor. A day when Bert and Ernie could share a bedroom, and no one read anything into it. A time when it was OK to be a grouch or a big, tall, geeky yellow bird.