Kids’ Stuff

elmo-hpThe 40th anniversary of US children’s TV series Sesame Street has been getting a great deal of publicity; for example, the Google homepage has been decorated with Muppets all week.  So I keep wanting to hear Nancie de Ross’ version of  the Sesame Street theme.  Go to her myspace page to hear it. 

 I also want to mention a user-generated website, “I Used to Believe.”  Readers tell of how they understood things when they were little.  For example, “Dawn” admits:

When I was about 7 I stayed with my grandparents for the summer. They kept talking about how they were going to “win a bagel”. I just didn’t understand why they were going to win a bagel. I later learned they were going to buy a camper, a Winnebago!

From “j.m.”:

Before I could read, but with some letter recognition, I mistakenly believed the crosswalk in front of the church said “Presbyterian Crossing”. One morning I asked my Dad where the Baptists and Catholics crossed the street.

From “reset button”:

up until the age of eleven i used to think that all pregnant women had to do was push their belly buttons back in to make the stork bring the baby. when i asked my mother this she laughed at me and said through happy tears “if only”!



  1. cymast

     /  November 8, 2009

    I used the watch Sesame Street, and I never liked the theme song. It has a morose, depressing melody, IMO.

    Before I learned to read I thought all adults conspired to pretend to read and write what I thought was made-up scribblings.

  2. acilius

     /  November 9, 2009

    I didn’t like the song much either, until I heard Nancie de Ross’ version.

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