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Never Had I Ever: Cried While Watching Blue’s Clues

I knew it was coming.

For days, they laid the groundwork, preparing us for the inevitable.

It was only a matter of time.

I’m referring, of course, to the episode of Blue’s Clues where Steve goes to college.

I know.  This happened in 2002.  But thanks to the magic of Netflix Instant, it happened all over again in our family room last night.  Steve goes to college (or, in the non-preschool-tv world, goes to pursue a music career), and his brother Joe moves in to learn the ropes and keep on playing Blue’s Clues.  This is done with great sensitivity and care.  That Blue’s Clues team knows how to talk to the preschool  set.

So while Zoe sat happily on our laps, I was the one fighting back tears.  Not because I was sad that Steve was leaving, exactly (although, Pro Tip: Steve is way better than Joe).  But because goodbyes are sad and change is hard.  (You heard it here first.)

And also because, as I held my two-and-a-half year old daughter, I knew that, if we are lucky, one day she will go off to college, too.  (And of course, if we are very lucky, her future brother or sister will already be in our house, and we won’t even have to explain about the thinking chair and the handy dandy notebook.  So to speak.)

I’d like to say parenthood is the reason I cry during toddler TV–it is at least the reason I watch toddler TV–but the truth is, I’ve always been a sap.  Being a parent just widens the scope, allowing me to shed tears in response to a whole new range of stimuli.  For example:

The Gilmore Girls:  I watched the “Rory Goes to College” episode when Zoe was about four months old and cried my eyes out, because, you know, only seventeen and a half more years until my little girl leaves home.

Toy Story 3: Tears streamed down my face as we watched Andy give Buzz, Woody, and the rest of his beloved toys away.  Again, because he’s going to college.  (Pro Tip: Apparently, the way to elicit tears from me is to send someone to college.)

Parenthood: Who am I kidding?  I get misty-eyed every time I watch this show.  Because, you know, kids are amazing.  Or, parents are amazing.  Or, being a kid is hard / being a parent is hard.  You get the idea.

The lady herself (via oy-with-the-poodles-already)

To be fair, Lorelai Gilmore / Sarah Braverman does her fair share of crying, too.

So, to sum up, things that are bound to make me cry include: anything involving children, parents, college, and Lorelai Gilmore.  How about you?


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My Longest Post Ever, and It is About Toddler TV

Zoe and I were browsing in the Halloween section at Target last weekend, and she pointed to something and asked her favorite question: “What’s that, Mama?”

I looked, and I was puzzled.  “Well, it’s . . . I guess it’s . . . Halloween lights.  But they look just like . ..  Oh.  Those are  Christmas lights.”

To my horror, there they were, staking out their territory next to the Halloween costumes and plastic jack-o-lanterns.  Christmas is coming, and it’s never to early to start buying too many presents for your child.

We did that last year!  And the year before.  And despite my best intentions, I’m sure we will once again buy too many presents for our child, who will get plenty from her grandparents and aunts and uncles, since she is the only grandchild on both sides.  And since, let’s be honest, it is just more fun to buy toys than to buy boring grown-up stuff.

This year, I am incredibly tempted by toys based on Zoe’s favorite TV shows.  I am going to try really hard not to buy them.  Or at least not to buy all of them. Here are a few of the best (or worst, depending on your perspective):

Mega Bloks Wonder Pets School House Bucket

Mega Bloks Wonder Pets School House Bucket

It’s the Wonder Pets!  And the School House!  And they are Mega Bloks!  And it is $37.95.  And, I would still feel the need to buy one of these bad boys:

Mega Bloks Wonder Pets Buildable Fly Boat

Mega Bloks Wonder Pets Buildable Fly Boat

Because, as any Wonder Pets viewer knows, the Wonder Pets are nothing without the Flyboat.  Bizarrely, this Mega Bloks product includes only two of the three pets, which makes no sense, because: teamwork.  Teamwork is what the Wonder Pets are all about.  (Pro tip: I have watched this show hundreds of times, so I know whereof I speak.  Do I ever.)

Zoe has recently become a fan of the late 1990s preschool classic Blue’s Clues, or, as it is known at our house, “Blue’s Blues”.  (Which, by the way, is not a bad title.  I would be blue if I could only communicate by leaving three clues around my cartoon world and waiting for Steve and his friends to use their minds a step at a time.  That’s no way to live.)

Anyway, while we were watching “Blue’s Blues” the other day, Zoe looked around and said, “Where’s my notebook?”  Because you need a handy dandy notebook to write down the clues, of course!  Well, guess what, Zoe?  Your notebook is for sale on Amazon:

Blue's Clues Handy Dandy Notebook

It’s only $14.95!  And, you can also get the Handy Dandy Nighttime Notebook and the Handy Dandy Treasure Notebook, sold separately!  And, yes, I know what both of those are.  I don’t remember high school physics, but I know about all the different Blue’s Clues notebooks.  Such is life.

I was seriously considering this purchase (it comes with crayons that look just like Steve’s, and paw print stickers to mark  the clues–come on!  it’s awesome!).  But then Mike pulled out one of these:

Mead Five Star Fat Lil' Notebook, 200 Ruled Sheets/400 ruled pages

Mead Five Star Fat Lil' Notebook

“Can we just stick a crayon in there?” he asked.

“Well, we have to put a picture of the chair on the cover,” I said.

“Well, we have a color printer.  And scissors,” he said.

“Sold!” I said.

And you know what?  Zoe and I built a pretty sweet flyboat out of blocks tonight and loaded it with farm animals.  Then we built a flyboat out of a blanket (pro tip: this involved spreading a blanket on the floor and saying, “It’s the flyboat!”) and put our whole family in it.

The lesson here?  When we use our minds, take a step at a time, we can do anything that we want to do.  

To put it another way: We’re not too big and we’re not too tough, but when we work together, we’ve got the right stuff.

To put it a third way: someone has been watching too much television.

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