a blog in a few days. I told him it was hard coming up with blog topics. His reply was, “Poor you! Millions of people go to work every day and face things that are difficult. Do you think those people just do nothing because it’s hard?!” Okay, I get it. Here’s your fricken blog.
I think Will nailed it yesterday. He was sitting at the kitchen table and we were discussing bad decisions because he has a tendency to make
them. He said that I too had made a bad decision. I was surprised at his reply. “You chose to be a writer Mom and that was a dumb decision to make. You should have been a stay at home Mom, that would have been a lot more fun for you.” Thank you for the smile William!
This stay at home Mom has been doing a lot of staying home these
days. Last week Will was home from school three days with an ear infection and Mac has been home the last two days with strep throat. And now Thanksgiving vacation has begun so no school until next Monday. The most exciting part of my days has been shouting “medication time” in my best nurse Ratchet voice and then watching the children shuffle into line where they stand with heads back and
mouths wide opening waiting for me to squirt gooey pink Amoxicillin down their throats.
By now I’m sure you’ve all seen Kevin Clash, the voice and puppeteer of Sesame Street’s famous Elmo character in the news. He was accused
of having sex with a 16-year-old boy. The accuser is now eighteen and recanted his story and then brought the story to life again after accepting $100,000 from Clash to apparently keep his mouth shut. But now a second accuser has stepped forward, this one claims he was 15-years-old when Clash persuaded him to meet for sexual encounters. Accuser number two is taking Clash to court where he could face up to five million dollars in damages.
So today, Kevin Clash has resigned after 28 years with Sesame Street. Now all of my memories of Elmo are somehow tainted. I’m sure Elmo
characters will be flying off the store shelves as anything with the voice of Clash will be worth some money someday – maybe.
I have a Pee Wee Herman ventriloquist doll in my closet. It got
placed there after he did bad things in a movie theater. (Not the doll, the REAL Pee Wee.) That’s also when I stopped watching Pee Wee’s Playhouse. I figured someday it might be worth something but it’s not worth much at all. It fact it creeps me out whenever I open the closet door. One of these times I fear I might catch him doing something nasty in there. Why can’t people just behave? I know Clash is innocent until proven guilty but there must be some good evidence for Sesame Street to let him leave like that.
I won’t be able to contain myself seeing children play with Elmo
dolls now and the Tickle Me part just sounds wrong. But I guess what do you expect from a guy who has played with dolls his whole life? He claimed he even slept with them. And how do you explain to kids what happened? They would never believe that the person behind Elmo was bad.
Elmo will still be around but it won’t be the same. Sesame Street is no longer a pure and safe place. We all know there are Oscar’s lurking in the
alleys but whodathunk that Elmo would be right there in the gutter with them.