This may just make me a giant loser, but I want to confess to the world that I love Sesame Street. We're talking old-school Sesame, of course, before the arrival of hip-hop and Elmo, back when "would ya' like to buy an 'O'," and "I can't hear you, I've got a banana in my ear," and "Monsterpiece Theater" were the order of the day. Back when Supergrover was a regular skit, and the show started with Barkley and the kids running behind that tree but not coming out the other side.
So while Daughter and I were watching the show this morning, I started looking up Sesame trivia on my laptop. And I discovered the existence of this book:
Yep, it's called Sesame Street Unpaved; Scripts, stories, secrets and songs. You guys, I am over the moon right now. I couldn't wait for Daughter to wake up from her morning nap so we could eat lunch and run to the library. This. Book. Is. Awesome.
Excuse me, please. I have to go curl up with my cup of tea and this incredible book of childhood memory crack.
Edited to add: I was reading and got to the part about when Mr. Hooper died...and I got crying so hard I couldn't see the pages anymore. I remember it - it was 1982, I was 6 years old, and I remember the sadness of it. Do you? Tell me this doesn't knock you over:
"I remember the last day I saw him. I thought, he is very ill, but he isn't talking about it. And so I put my arm around his shoulder - I had the bird feet on - and I said, 'I love you Mr. Looper.' And he said, 'And I love you, Caroll.' And that was our good-bye. He died four days later." (Caroll Spinney, who plays Big Bird)