Sunday, October 21, 2012

Save Big Bird

This week's topic is to share your favorite memories of "Sesame Street" or talk about the role it has played in your life. 

We have been doing this blog project for some time, and ironically this is the first topic that has made me feel all my years older than the other ladies.  I am, on average, 10 years older than the rest of the group.  See, I didn't watch Sesame Street as a young child like they did.  Sesame Street first aired in November of 1969, on select stations.  I didn't live in an area where it aired.  It didn't come to my area until the early 1970's. 

There was a lot of talk about how Sesame Street combined the addictive qualities of television with the curriculum of pre-school.  The idea was to provide some sort of pre-school experience for children who didn't have the money to attend an actual pre-school.  I remember my parents talking about it, with horrified tones, that if you were so poor you couldn't afford pre-school how in the world did you afford a television?  The argument continued that if you were going to get PBS, you needed cable.  If you could afford cable and a television you could afford pre-school.

At this point, I was "to old" for Sesame Street  (well, in the target audience sense, but really who is to old for Sesame Street.)  I lived in a household that sent me to pre-school but could not afford a television.  I was in mid-elementary school when we got a television.  Yes, I'm surprised, as well, that the exact day isn't burned into my memory and celebrated annually.  We got our first television from a dead client of my father's.  The estate paid him for some of his work with the tv.  I recall him lugging this enormous box into our house.  It took him and a neighbor to settle it into our family room.  It was black and white heaven.

When I was home sick in jr high and high school, I would watch Sesame Street.  By then we had a color set.  I loved Cookie Monster and Big Bird and Snuffleupagus.  I have watched it with my kids.  But, unlike the other ladies, I didn't watch it as a kid.

On a political note, cutting the budget on PBS is not really going to fix the deficit problem.  We need to look at the big ticket items like Presidential and Congressional pensions.  How about salaries for elected officials or their health benfits.  Let's give everyone in American the same coverage our elected officials get and then we can have a talk about health care and the budget.  Stepping off soap box.

Want to see how their view habits played out?  Check them out at: Froggie, Momarock, and Merrylandgirl

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing about your past and the role SS played in your life. Very interesting. And you're young to us! :)