Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Dad, how can you hate the Colonel?

Lucky for me when I was in Junior High I committed about 100 movies to memory so I generally have a very dated, hilarious quote to go with any kind of situation.  Today's is maybe my best.  The year is 1993.....

Stuart Mackenzie: Oh, I hated the Colonel with is wee *beady* eyes, and that smug look on his face. "Oh, you're gonna buy my chicken! Ohhhhh!" 
Charlie Mackenzie: Dad, how can you hate "The Colonel"? 
Stuart Mackenzie: Because he puts an addictive chemical in his chicken to make ya crave it fortnightly, smartass! 

Around our house there is a similar love-hate situation.  And you know who I hate?  Elmo.  You may be thinking, how can you hate Elmo? And the answer is because the makers of Sesame Street must be spreading some kind of hypnotic, mind-altering, brainwashing propaganda.  I don't know what their aim is yet but I'm working on it.

A couple of months ago we received a second-hand Elmo counting book.  Okay, the truth is that we stole said book from my mother because it has a magna-doodle on the top of it. Claire loves it.  Within a week she was pointing at all of the characters and calling them by name.  We saw a board book at Target for a dollar and carried it around our whole trip.  She loves those little puppets.

Then I made one little mistake and suddenly my life is like a Thomas Hardy Novel and every day I pay for it.  I showed Claire a youtube video of Elmo singing with Big Bird and Snuffy.  Suddenly all day, every day Claire walks around crying "Melmo, melmo, melmo."

I give in all the time.
I know every nuance of this video.


  1. maybe this will help you to have a new appreciation for elmo.

  2. I'm glad you said it first...

  3. Hey Mom, I find it interesting that you refer to the Weekly World News as, "The paper." The paper contains facts.

    This paper contains facts. And this paper has the eighth highest circulation in the whole wide world. Right? Plenty of facts. "Pregnant man gives birth." That's a fact.

  4. Hah! That is so funny. I'm going through the same experience with my son Max at 15 months. We got that exact same Sesame Street counting book with the magna-doodle on top as a hand-me-down, and Max loves it. He also only says about 6 words right now, but Elmo is one of them, thanks to the Elmo obsession nursed by the little girl that we share a nanny with. I haven't let him watch any videos yet, so I think I'll be able to keep this at bay for another month or so, but I'm expecting it'll get much, much worse...

  5. Yeah....I couldn't even watch the whole thing. My condolences Sallee.