Friday, June 14, 2013

Allow me to introduce myself

For those of you not up on children's television, let me just say that while nothing beats Sesame Street in my book, there are some good shows out there. And they are way more focused on education and reinforcing positive values than say, Tom & Jerry. They are also way more engaging than what I watched in the 1980s. Every single show invites the kids to count things, answer questions, do various movements, etc. It can be annoying at times, when Mickey Mouse stands there, waiting for you to tell him which item Toodles should select, but there are other times, like when your child suddenly bursts from the couch and starts breaking it down, that it is unbelievably cute.

As you may have guessed, Mary Clare is now one of those kids who really gets into responding to the shows she watches, namely Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Little Einsteins, Super Why and Jake & The Neverland Pirates. (We are Disney and PBS Kids people, yo.) And Charlie, usually sitting there alongside her, is game for whatever sissy (schti-shee) is doing. So he bobs his head along, claps and nods in agreement when Mary Clare declares that yes, Jake, there are in fact five gold doubloons!

Well, the other day as I made them lunch, I heard Super Why introduce himself and all of his friends, and then he asked the viewers to introduce themselves as well. And I heard a quiet little voice say, "My name is Mary Clare Thole Lindh, and this is my brother, Charlie Lindh."

I mean, come on! How cute is that?

So, thank you, PBS Kids for that sweet moment. And yes, I will be more than happy to pony up during the next Channel 9 funding drive. Sold.

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