Saturday, September 24, 2011

We will always love you

People every where make a big deal about break through discoveries in medicine and technology. We also see on the news, stories about the world's politicians trying to solve war related problems. I wonder, how many times we as people and as parents and grand parents remember the people who have brought smiles to the faces of children all around the world. When it comes to kids' writers and people who have revolutionised kids' lives, I have almost given up on the television. Lives of rich and famous have taken precedence over the lives of simple but heart warming people. I will be surprised if Hollywood Stories would have time to narrate the lives of people who made our children laugh. One such person was Jim Henson. (Sept 24, 1936 to May 16, 1990)  Hollywood Walk of Fame has honored both himself and Kermit the Frog  (this privilege shared by only Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse and Mel Blanc and Woody Woodpecker and Bugs Bunny).



Kids who grew up watching Sesame Street are very responsible people holding important jobs and most of them are such good parents that they never cease to amaze me.

13 comments:

Belle said...

My kids grew up watching Sesame Street. They loved it. I do think Jim Henson brought joy to children.

LynNerd said...

Cheers to Jim Henson and all the smiles and laughs he brought to kids and parents for many years. He truly deserved that Star. My kids grew up on Sesame Street, too. They had Muppet wall paper when they were little, and Kermit was one of my son's favorite buddies! Love the video clip!

Shelly said...

You picked a wonderful person to highlight, as well as a great show. I am still in awe of Jim Henson's talents-

Clint said...

Great post!---but I'm a Howdy-Doody kinda' guy myself...

oceangirl said...

I did not think of it that way, that the kids that watched Sesame Streets had grown to be successful and loving parents themselves. The show really brought cheer and joy and taught me spelling and how to pronounce words.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Munir .. not having kids I have no idea .. and by the time we got tv at home .. I was 11 I think .. and so my parents were well used to kids as my two brothers followed on.

I just hope people can take the responsibility for their own lives and learn and educate themselves realising what's what in the wheels of life & thus when they get kids they need to be accountable for them too ..

Cheers - love your McKintosh apples .. Talli is keen on them too! Hilary

Footprints of Peace said...

Hi Munir: I love children writers. My home is filled with anything and everything a children could possibly love. Me, I love Andy Griffin, Leave It To Beaver, Lucy and others during that time period, yet, they were years before my time. Oh, yeah, I also enjoy Blinki the clown.

Michael Offutt said...

I personally think that there's too much money in children's writing and things that have to do with kids. It's a huge money bag that gets marketed to constantly by MTV and other places and responsible (I think) for raising a generation of future adults that will feel entitled to many things that my generation believed were only attainable through hard work and dedication.

And when I say there's too much money in kid's stuff...just look at this weekend's box office receipts. The regurgitated "Lion King" beat out "Moneyball" which is a fine film with better reviews than the Lion King about the American pasttime of baseball.

What kind of message does it send when adult programming is constantly overwhelmed by kid's shows? Well for one, there is a shrinking share of entertainment for adults making it more difficult to find stuff that is age appropriate. I find this irritating. It's almost like there's a subliminal message being hocked by America and it goes something like this:

"Okay...now that you are thirty years old your life is now over. You need to live for your children. Continue being immature, sex is only for procreation, and watch the g-rated stuff that we put out for you. Please bottle/saran wrap your lives...you must think of the children now."

You know Munir, I have no problem in conceding that children are the future. I've no problem saying that they are important and my property taxes go toward education. However, I also have a right to a life lived well no matter what my age is. And that means that I think I should be able to find books with adult protagonists on shelves, with people my age in movies and television, and with products aimed at my demographic on the television.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Great post. I agree. Children's tv has gone down a very steep hill. It's not like it used to be.

Hold my hand: a social worker's blog said...

Munir,
This is a very sweet post as it reminds me of my own childhood. What a well-deserved tribute to Jim Henson.

Hope you are having a great weekend!!

Doris

LynNerd said...

Hello Munir! Congratulations on the birth of your great-niece. So she's one day old today? Great-auntie Munir has a nice ring to it! I hope your niece and the baby are doing well.

June_Butterfly said...

I grew up watching Sesame Street!!Though I now live in Japan I try to let my kids watch it once in a while.I guess times indeed has changed.I guess all we can do is find the balance.Both for our children and for us adults,too.Though honestly,I'm all for Disney stuffs.I guess I wil always be a kid at heart.

LynNerd said...

Hey Munir, I wanted to tell you that my niece had a baby girl two nights ago. Now we both have a brand new great-niece! I love babies!