The first two DVD volumes of “old school” episodes of the show Sesame Street come with a warning stating that the episodes are meant for adults and are not appropriate for children. This is because the producers of the show — Sesame Workshop (formerly the Children’s Television Workshop) — feel that characters like Oscar the Grouch (who is perpetually grouchy) and Cookie Monster (who smokes a pipe, then eats it during a spoof of the show Masterpiece Theatre) model inappropriate behavior for kids.
I do admit that I’ve been grouchy in the past, and, yes, I’ve tried smoking a pipe, but, well, hmmm…maybe Sesame Street’s bad role models did affect me after all. In fact, just the other day, while I was talking to a friend, I repeatedly ran up to him, shouting “Near!” right in his face, then running twenty feet away from him and shouting “Far!” And whenever I finish counting something, I laugh like “ah, ah, ah, ah!” while lightning flashes.
I’m not going to worry about it, though. The hairy brown elephant-thing that no one else apparently sees tells me that these things are perfectly normal.
P.S. Sesame Street “Old School” Volume 2 is on my Christmas list!