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Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by Philo and Gunge, Jan 1, 2004.
I see my peers wereing teletubbis for cry out load! At least u are learning with ss!
I had quite a collection of the original LPS and my Mother saw them one day and made me give them away to ST Vincents. *breaks down into uncontrollable sobbing!*
Why did she do that??
That's horrible! What exactly is St. Vincents? Is it a church or something? How exactly did she make you give them away??
I was eleven and she said I had outgrown 'em. St Vincent De Paul operates in Australia as a 'give to the poor by selling old stuff and giving them food and shelter' type of place.They've got offices all around Australia. Some swine is laughing his butt off, with MY 'Having fun with Ernie And Bert' in his collectable vinyls!
Never too old
There was a short time when I was about 11 that I started feeling a tinge ashamed to watch the show and my the way my heart palpatated each time I saw a Muppet plastered on a lunchbox or a pair of tube socks. I remember buying Sesame Magazines until I was about that age and getting a strange look from the clerk behind the counter and feeling embarrased. That's about the time I stopped buying them, but I didn't stop watching Sesame....although I wouldn't let anyone see me watching it.
The funny thing is that no one in my family teased me about it. No one told me to stop, but I felt like it wasn't "right" even though it felt so right deep down. I remember going into my bedroom and flipping on the radio. The song "Benny and the Jets" was playing on the radio. I remember picking up a Sesame Magazine with a picture of Big Bird on the front and, while I was looking at this picture, tears welled up in my eyes and as Elton cried out, "Benny! Benny!", I just started bawling. It felt like I was being made to let go. I felt like I was saying goodbye..... not only to Sesame Street, but to my childhood. It almost felt like I was grieving a death.
But, fortunately my surrendering didn't last. Like a friend and fellow Sesame nut once said, "You can't run away from Sesame. It's a part of you."
Not too much later on in my teenage life, I completely embraced Sesame again with a passion and proudly let everyone know how much I loved it....even if they didn't want to hear about it. I even bought a few copies of the Sesame Mag when I was in High School and shared it with a few friends.
I realized an important lesson at that point. No one has the right to tell me to stop doing something that might not fit within their definition of the norm, especially if it's something that doesn't harm me (or anyone) and gives me a lot of joy. You know, to this day, I cannot stand listening to the song "Benny and the Jets". The association tears me up inside. But I proudly admit that my heart still madly palpatates each time I see a Muppet face smeared across a tube sock, lunch box, or whatever it's smeared across..... Let the smearing continue!
Why did your elementary school library have Sesame Street magazines when elementary school is too old for Sesame Street?
Aw that is a shame that you were forced to give your LPs away. Still, at least they were given to charity. A lot of people just throw things away.
Never! Graciously people let me like what I like without ever condemning me for it. I've always liked it, never really stopped watching it, have never kept it a secret form anyone, and everyone I've ever known it seems had been cool with it and understanding about it surprisingly enough, even when I didn't expect them to be.
I know what you mean about us being such a wasteful society some time, heralded. There always somebody else who could use something that you don't need anymore, of who needs it or could use it more then you do at the moment.
Well looking back I really wish I'd thought to keep track of SS after I went to school, at least taping the episodes. I would love to see what I missed! Though I wouldn't watch the current show now.
Even though I'm about to turn 20, I still watch it sometimes. Just a few days ago, I caught a bit of the episode where Elmo, Oscar and Grungetta were all doing the grouch Apprentice thing and in my opinion, it wasn't that bad. Although, I've always liked Ernie's rubber duckie when I watched it regularly as a toddler. That's how I got my username. (kehehehehehe)
I will admit that I went through a stage in about 3rd or 4th grade when I decided I no longer wanted to watch Sesame Street because I was "too old." I can still remember the sadness on my mom's face because she loved watching it every morning with me. Of course now I'm 21 and watch SS youtube clips and DVDs all the time. I don't really watch the shows on TV because I don't usuallly have time to catch them. But it was never a matter of my parents forcing me to grow up. They loved that I was content watching Muppets and Disney and I wasn't asking to watching R rated movies or late night TV.
I watched SS regularly until I was about 9, and my mom didn't really seem too phased by it. Maybe it's because she also enjoyed watching it to a certain degree, particularly the videos we bought such as Sing Yourself Silly and Monster Hits. And the only time I remember getting teased by my peers over SS is once when I climbed into a trash can and said "I'm Oscar the Grouch", and one of my peers said "That's a baby show!". Of course, I never really talked about SS much with my peers.
I could kind of understand why parents of children in the 6-12 age bracket might be concerned about their child's development if they're still watching shows aimed at preschoolers. But I don't think banning SS is the answer - maybe figuring out why they still watch it would be a better idea. And once you get past your teenage years, I think the idea of being "too old" for a TV show becomes obsolete - at that point, it just means you're being nostalgic and/or getting in touch with your "inner child". Or it could just mean that you appreciate how they used to make SS enjoyable for adults as well.
I don't know exactly when or why I stopped watching SS. I don't think I ever specifically made a point to stop watching kids' shows, but I think it might have been a subconscious thing. It may have also had to do with the fact that the show was changing too much for liking.
Yeah, there are a lot of things that I wished I had kept tracked with after all there years! Ive always watched the show when ever I can, but I've seen ever season sense I first started watching. There's something about it that just get you hooked, haha! I still wonder some of the things I may have missed about the show.
It's not so much that I've really had to discuss the show in detail with classmates and things, but I have no problem admitting to still watching it, though. But I noticed that no matter how old anybody got, where ever they would run across it it would always bring a smile to every one's face and people always go "Hey Big Bid!" or something like that! But it almost impossible not to like. But i know a lot of people with little brothers and sisters who watch the show and really enjoy it, but they always go "Well, I...I have a little sister and I was watching it with her. LOL! But I recall in middle school people talking about people talking about certain things that they like and still love about the show. I remember in Sunday school and people my age in talking about how much they loved a recent street story or how cool that though the addition or Ruthy and Finders keepers was or something, LOL!
Still in touch with my Inner Child
My parents never thought I outgrew Sesame Street or anything else I've held on to all these years (Disney, Sid & Marty Krofft...) because they realized very early on that I've always remained true to what I love.
I've never been one to follow trends or fads and have always maintained a sense of individuality, which is why I believe I never had alot friends growing up...but the ones I had, I've held on to just like the things in life that make me happy.
I became a father 3 months ago, but I was watching before my daughter was born. SS is and always will be my favorite TV show ever.
I never outgrew SS, and I never will.
I know what you mean. I've always stayed true to what I love and who I was, something that Sesame Street teaches. I've never really got caught up in trends of fads either, and I've always been a loner and have been happy being so. I've veer really had to mane friends, but I've never really thought about it to much. But their are friend that I know wish that I had kept in contact with and kept a hold of, you never really know life's unexpected surprises sometimes. But sometimes you just have to keep going and see everything that live has to offer.
Honestly, I never had a problem with liking the Muppets as I got older. No one seemed to mind that. Though I did get a lot of grief for liking Star Trek (pure ignorance! Lol)
From my experience, it's good to be really into something like TV shows. Good TV shows are a true art form and can give you a bit of much needed happiness. As long as it doesn't interfere with your life. Most good art forms (including the Muppets) are about having friends, doing your best, helping others and pursuing your dreams. But you can't do that if you're constantly in front of the TV.
I've always thought that's what The Labyrinth was about. Sarah's whole life was about the stories and characters she loved. Eventually she realized she needed to grow up and learn what's important in life (like her brother). Of course, as we see, that doesn't mean she has to completely give up her childhood dreams. As she says, "Every now and again in my life, for no reason at all, I really do need you."
never 2 old
My obsession with the Muppets in general is a constant source of tension between my wife and myself. SS's numerous adult references allow parents to watch the show with their kids, which is something the show was designed for in the first place. I can't wait for the Labyrinth sequel and the Dark Crystal sequel. I also wonder if SS is going to make anymore movies with scenes from Grouchland.
the post above me, mine is my 666th one oooooooooo
I think part of the reason I never "outgrew" Sesame Street is that I always considered the characters my friends. I may not have needed the curriculum after a while, but you never outgrow your friends.
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