Once upon a time Boo Boo’s favourite Sesame Street character was Elmo. He loved listening to Elmo’s Song so much that he’d cry when it ended. He loved Elmo’s bright red fur and seemed to respond to Elmo’s high-pitched voice. It was cute. Very cute. But truth be told….Elmo is a little annoying.
So when Boo started to lose interest in Elmo, I think we were a little bit relieved. Though his Hug Me Elmo is still a favourite, Boo has recently started leaving him in the cupboard…all alone, sometimes for days at a time (previously Boo would climb in there with him and play for God knows how long). Instead of focusing on his furry red friend, Boo now has a new Sesame Street favourite:
When he’s eating, Boo stops and listens intently to Cookie Monster songs and stories that are playing in the background. If he’s in another room and hears certain favourites begin in the kitchen or living room, he’ll stop what he’s doing, run to where he can hear better, and just stand there….listening. Enjoying. Smiling.
And when we play a Cookie Monster video? He giggles whenever Cookie Monster has a close-up:
(Ermm….please ignore the mess in the background…exactly one week ago it was spotless as I prepared to have guests over for Easter….I’ve since succumbed to Boo Boo’s housekeeping philosophy, which is something along the lines of “spread everything everywhere”)
His favourite so far has been “The Cookie Touch” – an episode in which Cookie Monster is granted a wish that turns everything he touches into a cookie. We don’t even have to watch the video anymore to elicit a reaction – I just have to chase him saying “Me got Cookie Touch, Me got Cookie Touch…” or just “Cookie Touch, Cookie Touch…” and he erupts into smiles and giggles and, if he’s in a position to, tries to run away.
It’s so cute. And I love it…..I also love that I can totally get into Cookie Monster in a way that I just couldn’t do with Elmo. So now it’s fun for both of us!1