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Happy Belated Mother's Day

Word of the Day:  Blessed
 
To all you mothers reading our blog, it’s a few weeks later, but I hope you all had a happy Mother’s Day filled with homemade cards, cakes, flowers, kisses, and hugs. I remember sometimes feeling obligated to do something special for my Mother when Mother’s Day came around yet again. Now I wish I had been a little more attentive to that big day, especially once I was out of the house and a single, working girl in New York. Being a mother is a momentous challenge as well as a blessing. We all do appreciate a tiny moment of gratitude if only one day a year. I am lucky to have a hubby and kids who took the time to make me this tremendously funny show of love.

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Learn a New Dance Day

Word of the Day: Boogie
 
I love that young children are non-judgmental. Lyra is more reticent to participate in yoga class or greet strangers than Ripley, but that’s not about judgment. It’s just her instincts. I know I started being very judgmental of myself in junior high school, but I’m sure I was doing it much earlier. One of our goals for Lyra and Ripley is to keep self-censorship at bay as long as possible. Right now, they’re willing to dance and sing and make funny sounds without worrying about how they look or sound. I bought them tutus and they immediately put them on, demanded music, and started spinning around the living room. They even know the word “ballet,” which I think they must have learned from a Zoe dancing book. Like Zoe, we did all forms of dance from classical to boogie-woogie with abandon. May they continue this spirited self-expression for the rest of their lives.

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Happy Father's Day

Word of the Day: Gratitude

It’s not easy to be the father of 2-year-old twins who are naturally mommy-centric at this time in their lives. “Only Mommy” is a phrase that gets used about everything from holding hands to diaper changing. Marty’s ego rarely seems to get bruised, but he is very pleased when Lyra or Ripley request “only Daddy.” “Only Daddy” makes much more sense to me since he is the more entertaining parent. The girls love to be wound up by him—jumping on the bed, being lifted to the ceiling, or bounced high on the trampoline. They love making coffee with him and their favorite game is destroying his finely crafted “Humpy Dumpties.

Marty is away for a week at The National Puppetry Conference. It’s times like these that I know how much the girls love their very cool father. “Where’s Daddy?” has been said about 20 times today, particularly in the morning when it’s snuggle time (Marty is a great snuggler). When he returns, I’m sure there will be many an “only Daddy,” for which I’ll be grateful.


Marty asleep on the couch

Cookie and Dave

David Rudman performs Cookie Monster.  He took over the role from Frank Oz a number of years ago and is just terrific. Dave also does Baby Bear, Telly's best buddy on Sesame. Partly through Telly's love of Baby Bear, I have become very fond of Dave.

We had a few minutes between takes recently, and I pointed my camera at him and asked him how Cookie Monster works. This is his reply, in just one take.


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Pam - Grundgetta: Sesame is Fake!

Pam Arciero is one of my best friends. She has been my right hand in Telly since I took over him in 1984. Grundgetta Grouch is one of her characters. Now, you don't see Grundgy a whole lot these days, but there was a time when she and Oscar almost got married. Pam and I thought it would be fun to have Grundgetta show you around the side of Sesame Street that is near and dear to her grouchy heart.

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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?

Sommer

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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?

Edward

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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.

Glenda

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