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Building a Rainbow Connection

KermitSure, I know it isn’t easy being green, but do my kids? As it is, when Kermit’s old standard comes on the car CD player, my two-year-old delightedly claps her hands and shrieks, “Yay! Ernie’s song!” Well, technically, yes, sort of. And wow, good ear. But no, not quite. When we were kids, the Muppets were at their heyday. The Muppet Show was my favorite time of the week, even though I didn’t understand 75% of the jokes. And I’ll never forget the day I met Jim Henson and his green sidekick at the Bronx Zoo. I was beyond starstruck.

Nowadays, the Muppets are a bit of nostalgia for parents and grandparents to share with their little ones. The movies are still funny, and (when we can convince our kids to sit through it) the CD is also a hoot. But without constant exposure, these characters are pretty much strangers to our children. So when I saw a Kermit the Frog stuffed animal as part of a whole collection of Muppet plush toys, I actually hesitated. Could Kermie hold his ground against the Blue’s Clues characters, Curious George, Dora the Explorer or the Backyardigans? Maybe not, if the kids were the ones making the selection. But I realized that there are lots of other parents like me out there, hungry to share the humor and familiarity of the Muppets with the next generation.

So I took a chance on Kermit and I regretfully held back on Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie, Animal and the other classic characters. If Kermie can launch an incredible Muppet comeback, I’ll buy them all. And I might order some for the store, too.

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