Yip-yip-yip-yip…happy now…uh-huh, uh-huh…yip-yip-yip…

I just spent an entire evening rampaging through the Sesame Street clips on YouTube and favourited all my best ones. All the Yip-Yips, all the Bert & Ernie, all the Grover the Waiter (plus ‘Near and Far’ – love you, little blue dude!) Kermit and his Muppet News Flashes. Mr. Hooper’s death, for when I want a good cry (actually, closer to sobbing hysterically…)

Even the most obscure ones, like the ‘Capital I’ (“We all live in a capital ‘I’/in the middle of the desert, in the centre of the sky…”) and that one bit with Wanda the Witch where I used to twirl around the living room declaiming “A wild wind whipped the wig from her hand, and blew it away! Forever!”. They even have the Marmoset Song, quite possibly the most under-rated Joe Raposo composition ever (“And are there things to share, when you’re a marmoset/But do you really care, when you’re a marmoset?”)

And the guest stars! Lena Horne! Madeline Kahn! Patrick Stewart doing “B…or not a B?” Paul Simon doing improv with a preschool Macy Grey wannabe on Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard! R.E.M. singing Shiny Happy Monsters! Stevie- frelling-Wonder performing Superstition live!

Ooh, and did I mention all the Typewriter Guy bits? “Noo-nee-noo-ne-noo-noo…”

So basically I now have my very very own Sesame Street episode to play whenever I want. And my poor cranky inner child of a couple days ago is now curled up cozily, humming softly to herself:

But if green is all there is to be
It could make you wonder why
But…why wonder…why wonder?
I’m green, and it’ll do fine
It’s beautiful
And I think it’s what I want to be.

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