I knew it was happening. We all saw it coming. But, it still managed to sneak up on me and catch me by surprise. I have officially lost my mind. There is no turning back now. Sanity has officially left the building. Here is how we know it has happened...
On a nice spring evening, the kids went to bed and Bowser poured me a drink. We watched some of our favorite shows that have been taking up space on the Tivo for too long now. Then I got out my computer. I did the usual--check my email, stalk someone on Facebook, check the blog like a psycho to see if I have any new followers or comments, then start looking up random things. This led me to YouTube. Did you know you can actually lose hours of your day surfing that site? Really, you can.
So, I'm surfing YouTube and I find the clip I am looking for. I turn up the volume and watch with TV Grin on my face. **Sidenote: Do you know what TV Grin is? It is that silly, goofy grin that everyone gets on their face when they are watching something that makes them happy on the tube. You don't even realize you are doing it till someone points it out. Then you feel like an arse and you try not to do it, but you really can't help yourself because, Damn! This show/clip/video/movie is just making you SO HAPPY! But, I digress...
I'm watching my clip with my fool TV Grin on and then I start giggling out loud. This, of course, gets Bowser curious as to what I am watching. And this is it. This is the moment that he realizes the crazies have taken over.
Bowser: "What are you watching?"
Me: "That really funny clip from Sesame Street when Ricky Gervais sings Elmo the lullabye!"
Bowser, eyes wide, trying not to laugh right in my face: "Holy sh!t, honey. Are you ok? I think you may have actually lost it."
Me: "What? It is really funny! Elmo is telling Ricky that he isn't a real celebrity, then when he sings, it isn't really a lullabye, and then Elmo's hair looks all crazy, and--- Sh!t. What am I DOING?????"
Bowser: "You realize you could be watching anything in the whole world on YouTube--Music videos, comedians, television shows...and you are watching Sesame Street? Is it time to get you some help?"
I couldn't decide whether to laugh or cry. Then, I noticed on the side-bar, where they give you suggestions of what else you might like, that there was the clip of Adam Sandler singing a song to Elmo. And I watched that one, too! And I laughed. Out loud. Like a total nut job!
I watch this stuff every day. I complain that I can't watch Oprah or Ellen, because of the kids. And then, when I finally have some time to myself, to watch whatever I want, I choose Sesame Street. A kids show. Seriously? I remember that there was a time when I would have looked up comedy clips from Dane Cook. Or anything that Ashton Kutcher may have posted. I used to like to watch the music videos of my favorite songs when I had time alone. Now, I am watching Elmo. Where on earth is the old me??? Oh yeah. She ran away when toys and diapers took over the house and left me with this kids-show watching, fruit snack eating lame-o.
So, I guess all I can really say is, here's to you, Sesame Street. For 30+ years, you have made quality television for kids and grownups alike. Thank you for teaching my kids the alphabet and for bringing me celebrities and funny clips of muppets that make me laugh, but also make me look like I should be medicated. Heavily. Big Bird and crew...you really do rock!