I went to see “Sesame Street Live!” with my oldest daughter,
who turned 34 years old and my youngest grandson, Micah.
It was amazing, filled with little lessons, dancing and singing.
I could not believe that the “Letter of the Day” was “M” and
later, we found out, in their performances, the “Number of
the Day” was “5.”
“M”icah who turned “5” on February 27th was thrilled! I was
speechless, trying to concentrate on capturing a photo of the
flashing lights that were saying, “5, off, 5, off, 5!”
I finally got those three 5’s in a position that their red
color stood out, in contrast, from the deep blue of the
surrounding framework of the stage. Then, again, capturing
our special, favorite characters, when they weren’t moving
quickly, jumping or gliding across the stage, was my next goal.
Micah was shouting, “There’s Elmo!” and “There’s Grover!”
When we weren’t laughing, looking across Micah’s head, my
daughter and I were grinning from ear to ear. Carrie said,
“I hope that Grover comes down the aisle, Micah, so you
can give him a hug! I wish I could give him a hug, too!”
Turns out, she would have had to crawl over or run over,
multiple little tykes to get to Grover. Micah was able to
maneuver and squirm through, (hopefully not pushing too
much!) to get a big hug from not only Grover, but Cookie
Monster, too. It was dark and several rows away from us,
but we saw him do this both times.
The crowd was very responsive to any suggestions to clap
or answer questions. There were a few songs that I would
like to mention. One I loved the imagery of the whole cast
of Sesame Street with their yellow slickers or raincoats
on, with video images of cookies falling from the sky,
and the song was, “It’s Raining Cookies!” (To the melody
of “It’s Raining Men!”)
Another song was one I had covered as one of my favorite
children’s songs, in a post about attending Lara and
Landen’s elementary school for Grandparents’ Day. It is
called, “Sing a Song.” The line that is so simple but
sweet that tugs at my heartstrings is “Don’t worry about
whether you can sing or not….” and has the lines,
“sing it loud, sing it clear!” This was very nicely acted
out and the whole gang did it very well in the show.
My favorite special moment was when Bert and Ernie were
sitting side by side on a bench. Chaos was happening
all around them, characters running around in circles,
music and dancing. They were sitting quietly watching.
It was a lovely moment, indeed. I love those two guys!
Do you remember the Golden Books post, where an author,
who had been the editor of Golden Books shared lessons
learned by reading or being read to Golden Books? Sesame
Street is part of the Golden Books’ line of books.
These book and television show characters are very much
part of my family! My children and grandchildren all have
their beloved books but by far, their favorite book is
“The Monster at the End of This Book.” In the ending, the
monster ends up to be, “lovable old Grover.”
I felt that there were valuable lessons in the show I saw
with my daughter and grandson. Here are some of the morals
and values imparted through songs and interactions.
I thought I would do a version of lessons I gathered
from going to see the “Sesame Street Live!” show.
Lessons that “Sesame Street” Teaches (or Taught) You:
1. Give back anything you “borrow” or take something.
Elmo “borrowed” a little girl character’s fairy wand.
2. The words, “I’m sorry,” go a long way in making
forgiveness easier. The person should be gracious, in
return. The little girl could tell Elmo didn’t mean to
be ‘bad’ and she answered back to his apology,
“Everyone makes mistakes!”
3. Be kind to one another. When Big Bird is doing laundry
for the messy duo of Bert and Ernie, he is cheerful and
there is a song that makes you feel that helping someone
out makes it easier to do chores.
4. Everyone is ‘lovable,’ even a Grouch! I was very
impressed when the Grouch stuck his head back into his
trash can, but he pushed upward and did a dance with
just his legs showing.
Micah exclaimed, “How cute is that?”
Both my daughter and I hugged him at the same time after
that ‘precious’ comment!
5. Every day is special! You may have a special word, letter,
number or feeling that is shared. They may talk about
“being friends.” The characters may talk about “sharing.”
Sometimes it will be a serious subject but it will always
end with it all working out okay!
6. Learning is fun! If you wish to learn Spanish, you can
recite the colors, red is “rojo,” white is “blanco,” blue
is “azul,” green is “verde,” and yellow is “amarillo.”
When you learn to count, the Count will use his best
Dracula voice, making it another way to enjoy numbers.
7. Singing and dancing should be part of your everyday
routines. I already mentioned the “Sing a Song,” but
do want to emphasize it is very hard to be ‘grumpy’
or ‘blue’ if you are dancing to the music!
8. Whenever possible, cookies can save the day! If
you are vegan, you can choose a healthier recipe, but
always remember that cookies make children smile! They
make them want to eat all their dinner, too!
Works for adults, too! For my Mom, ice cream is her
choice of ‘treats,’ to motivate her to eat her broccoli!
9. Owls truly are the birds of wisdom. The old, gnarly
tree on the dark scenery set with stars shining in the
sky, had a male owl wearing glasses. Also, there were
three little baby owls who popped their head outs out
of the tree’s knot holes. The characters asked him for
advice, which he intoned in a somber, scholastic way.
10. Families everywhere love their children. The way
they used the number five was to have five penguins
who went behind the curtain, coming out in different
international costumes. One time, the penguins wore sari’s
and silk sashes (Asian/Indian), another time they had long,
blonde braids with horned helmets (Scandinavian), the
maracas and straw hats with frayed ponchos, (Spanish/
Mexican) and other cultures were represented. The audience
cheered quite often during this presentation, along with
clapping five times.
It seems I am always telling you about something that is
very exciting and fun, happening to me, my family or my
friends. This is one thing that I cannot help doing,
sharing happy moments and imparting small ‘bits of wisdom’
gained along the way. I wish to bring you smiles.
Now, this last part is to be saved and savored for April
First. You will understand this to be my early ‘trick.’
After the program, we found our way behind the stage,
looking to get a photograph with my oldest with her ‘hero,’
Grover. We thought this would be a ‘full circle’ moment,
since that was one of the first books I had read to her,
including Grover. Once we were backstage, I requested
this usher to find out if there were any job applications.
I really was motivated to become a member of the traveling
“Sesame Street Live! entourage.
The man who hurried over, was still wearing this tall,
lanky yellow outfit, his “Big Bird” head of his costume in
his hands. Micah didn’t seem the least bit surprised.
My daughter could not believe that I was going to leave our
Delaware, Ohio home for 28 years. I was so enthusiastic that
I asked for a pen, then starting to fill in the past
employment section, right on the spot!
Can you believe I figured out a way to be around people of
all ages, dancing and singing, along with the great aspect
of traveling the country included in my future paychecks?
I mean, this would be a far better experience than joining
Let me be the first to tell you, pre-April Fool’s Day:
Did I have any of you thinking I would follow through on this
dream of ‘fame and fortune?’