Saturday, April 9, 2016

Ten things I'll miss about you

I'm not sure if I heard this on a commercial or if Michael mentioned it after hearing it on a commercial, but all nine seasons of the PBS series "Curious George" are now on Hulu. We don't have Hulu, nor do we have children who watch "Curious George" anymore. But what struck me was that the show is already up to its ninth season. Technically, it might actually be in its 10th ...

Amazingly, I remember the day "Curious George" debuted in September 2006. We were in Minnesota for a friend's wedding and had stayed a couple extra days before flying home. Michael was a few months shy of 3; Ben was 3 1/2 months old. After a long, fun day and made our way back to the hotel at around 5 p.m. and looked for something for Michael to watch, discovering the local PBS station and this new animated series based on a beloved children's book. We had seen the movie version of "Curious George," but this was different. Michael generally liked it, but as Ben grew older, he was the bigger fan of the show. We probably own a few of the DVDs, and if I had to guess, Ben probably only stopped watching it a few years ago.

I'll say it here: I miss "Curious George." The character on the TV show was the perfect metaphor for Ben. I'm finding myself missing many of the things from the boys' early youth that they have simply outgrown. Here are 10 more of those things that make me feel wistful for the past that concluded before I even realized what was happening:

1. Sandra Boynton books 

















2. Wooden Thomas the Tank Engine Trains
These aren't our trains. I'm sure we have more.














3. Baby Einstein's Shakespeare the Dragon


















4. Word World



5. Laurie Berkner, The Backyardigans,  They Might Be Giants, and The Wiggles


6. "Cars"

7. The B.O.B double jogging stroller


















8. Baby swings














9. Laird Park (probably the park we spent the most time at when the boys were toddlers/preschoolers)

10. Lego Star Wars


















I'm sure there will be a sequel to this post ...

2 comments:

Russell Minas said...

I miss "Little Bill". Ironically I loved the lessons it taught. Are we supposed to not let children watch it anymore? I also miss "Signing Time".

Joey G said...

For that matter, are "Fat Albert" and really early "Electric Company" off limits too? I also miss "Wonder Pets."