Childhood. This word can bring up many emotions and memories. November 4th, 2009 marks the 40th anniversary of one of the greatest television shows of time- Sesame Street. It was and continues to be relevant and real for millions of young children and their parents. The extraordinary brilliance of Jim Henson and his team made generations of children learn their alphabet, read words and understand numbers. Sesame Street went well beyond school learning. The Muppet characters and the real life actors taught us about emotions, accepting differences in others, introduced us to places we might never visit as well as lessons in life about how to treat people.
Sesame Street mixed real with the imaginary. It explained things that seemingly are simple but in reality are complex. The creative genius mixed the daily letter and number with songs, games, interviews with real people, puppets, animation and humor to keep the attention of a 2-5 year old for an hour.
Although I have not watched Sesame Street in more than 10 years, I hope that the children of today and the generations to come will be able to watch and learn as so many of us had the privilege to do. The Count, Elmo, Big Bird, Ernie and Bert, Kermit, Zoe, Cookie Monster and the many other characters were part of the learning and joy from my own childhood and my childrens too.