Wednesday, August 15, 2012

I'm Glad I Wasn't Smug About That TV Watching . . .

Remember back when I said that my kid didn't watch TV but that I didn't think that was really any cause to get up on a high horse? Well, it's a good thing because for the past week I've had this conversation over and over and over again.

My daughter's playing contently somewhere nearby, so I sit down and open my laptop to check my email. She appears immediately at my side, calling upon some telepathic powers I desperately wish I could harness (could you imagine how much easier the morning commute would be?)

She sits quietly, crosses her hands in her lap, and looks up at me blinking the biggest, sweetest eyes you'll ever see: "See Elmo please."

I sigh, having read exactly one email subject line, and it was of course spam. I didn't even have time to delete it. "Not right now baby. Let's read a book."

Her, undeterred: "See Elmo please." Blink. Blink.

"No, baby. Let's read your Elmo book."

Her, getting frustrated because she's learned the rules. She said please, by God. That means she gets what she wants! "SEE ELMO PLEASE!"

"Okay, okay. Just one Elmo."

"Lalalalala." "Mommy, mommy, mommy. See Elmo?" "Mommy, mommy, mommy. See Big Bird?" "Mommy, mommy, mommy, see elephant?" "Mommy, mommy, mommy. Lalalalalalala?" 

My only solace is that, do you see those page views? 74 million? I am not the only one losing this game. 

1 comment:

  1. I remember Lefty scamming Ernie. I remember Bert saying words like "stupid". I remember Grover's misfortunes.

    And I remember the music! Grace Slick singing 123456789...10!

    [Thank God for Youtube!]

    And when I show this stuff to my playgroup students, they all call out Elmo! Elmo! To them, Cookie Monster is Elmo. Oscar is Elmo.

    Even Big Bird is Elmo.

    Elmo, and his insufferable "La la la la, la la la la, Elmo's World."

    On the plus side, I get to play a little Frank Zappa for them once and a while! :)