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The “Love” of Love

 Word of the Day: Love

Nothing warms a parent’s heart more than when your child says I love you. It’s particularly helpful when only hours before she was throwing a tantrum about you washing her hair. Lyra and Ripley say they love us often. Lyra even does a sweet move of taking your hand and holding it to her cheek as she says it. She is equally as good at saying “Mommy I don’t love you” when she’s feeling precocious. My response is always “But I love you.”   (I can happily say I am mature enough at my age to not take it personally.) They can also say they love Snow White and jumping with the same amount of passion they bring to loving us. It’s the fact that they understand how much they love their pets and toys and the weather that makes me proud. Marty and I have never been big players in the “Valentine’s Day” racket.  I think since I was single so much in my life, I still hold a deep resentment of the holiday. However, showing our girls the abundance the world has to offer for them to love continues to be a privilege.

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Like your family we have twins, boy/girl, that turned three last month. I saw your blog entry for January and it looks like we have something in common, potty training twins. Like one of your girls, my son WILL NOT pee in the potty but his sister was doing well until she caught on to "Bubbie" not trying. I was just letting things run their course but our local pre-schools/mommy day out programs require the children to be potty trained and this mommy needs a day out. Bribery isn't working. Have you had any success?


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How often is the telly puppet renewed or replaced?

Katherine Sydney, Australia

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I read in 40 Years of Life on the Street about an incident involving Snuffy's puppet where a sombrero caused the wood frame to collapse on you and Bryant Young. Did they rebuild the puppet after that or did they just make a new one?


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I just wanted to say thanks for the blog. My daughter Kylie (who just turned two yesterday) loves to ask if we are going to see "the babies." Thank you so much to you and Marty for bringing the joy of Sesame Street into our lives every day.

Kendal and Kylie Montreal, Canada

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I've noticed that there are fewer Muppets and people in an episode now than there were twenty years ago. Does everyone show up on the set for filming days or only certain ones? Who decides who gets to play the Anything Muppets? There are some voices I hear more than others.


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