SESAME STREET Memories: A Loaf of Bread, a Container of Milk…
November 13, 2009 by Kath Skerry
As SESAME STREET celebrates its 40th Anniversary this week, the internet has been bursting at the seams with tributes to a show that was, and continues to be, such an important part of early education for so many. These funny little puppets weren’t there for just the amusement of children. They always had an important lesson to share. But the best part of being a kid watching SESAME STREET is that you don’t know you’re learning a lesson. It’s all about the cute and funny little Elmo. Best friends Ernie & Bert. The always chipper Big Bird and the always grouchy Oscar. A Count who conveniently love to count (Ah Ah Ah). There’s Snuffy, the Cookie Monster and Grover, and don’t forget the early years when Kermit spent more of his time hanging out on Sesame than he did with his the likes of Fozzie the Bear and Miss Piggy.
Seeing so much about SESAME STREET this week really brought back some fond memories. But as I thought about it, there was one memory that really stood out from the rest. In fact, hardly a week goes by when I don’t reference this particular SESAME STREET moment. It always seems to spring to mind whenever I have to go grocery shopping. An animated skit, first shown in 1972 (um, I watched it many years later — I just wanted to throw that out there), was developed to teach children about memorization through repetition. Well it worked. I’ve left my childhood way behind, but not this particular shopping list.
Does this ring a bell to anyone else?
Do you have a favorite SESAME STREET memory?