I've watched a lot of kid programming in my life.
I've actually started to wonder who enjoys the shows more, me or the kids. I will get excited when the time comes for certain shows to make a reappearance on Nick Jr or Sprout! For example - I always have to watch the Little Bear episodes where he makes the gingerbread cookies and snow cream as well as celebrates the Winter Solstice around Christmas. Don't even get me started on Yo Gabba Gabba! They actually have episodes geared for different seasons . . . and the songs are infectious! You can't help but sing them all the time!
I've also been known to break into a song from a kid show at different times of the day . . . like, when the phone rings, "The phone . . . the phone is ringing!" or when I'm trying to get my kids to eat, "There's a party in your tummy - So Yummy, So Yummy!" or even when we are picking toys up, "Clean up, Clean up. Everybody clean up. Let's work together everyone do their share!"
And then there is the song I sing when the mail comes . . . "Here's the mail it never fails, it makes me wanna wag my tail! When it comes I wanna wail MMMAAAAIIIILLLL!!!"
Steve and I have always had a special (totally fictional) connection. Years ago when I babysat my nephew one summer (my nephew who is going to be a Sophomore in HS this year), we would watch Steve together while we cuddled on the couch . . . sometimes, Steve would buy me an extra half hour of much needed sleep at 7:30 in the morning. I would always smile as I closed my eyes knowing that the mischievous 4 year old snuggled up against me would be enthralled in finding clues and putting it all together for the next 26 - 28 minutes. I felt like Steve was on my side and he totally realized that 7:30 am is too early for someone without her own kids to be awake.
After Nate started to get into Blue's Clues, my cousin sent up tapes that she had when her son was little and they had hours and hours of Steve and Blue on them.
One night, I went to bed a little bit earlier than Jerry because I was exhausted and he was playing some kind of video game that I couldn't keep my eyes open to watch. I remember so clearly the dream I had that night. I was at dinner in a very romantic restaurant waiting for someone to return to my table. When the guy scooted into the booth across from me, I realized it was Steve Burns. The dream continued and I can honestly say I think that Jerry noticed me blushing the next morning when Nate and I were watching Steve try to figure out what Blue's favorite nursery rhyme is. . . yeah, I had a sex dream about Steve Burns - and I liked it!
I told one of my friends the next day and she laughed at me (of course, wouldn't you?) and said, "Just like that episode of Yes, Dear!"
I didn't watch Yes, Dear but I had to find out what she was talking about . . .
(watch until the end - it's the part I can relate to most!)
I told Jerry about my dream and he laughed at me, too. I guess it is kind of funny, if you think about it. There really isn't anything that an adult woman should find attractive about Steve in his green and green striped shirt. He obviously can't hear well . . . or doesn't listen because when kids are shouting "A Clue . . . A Clue" at him he always thinks they are saying something else. He lives with a bunch of animated characters and he needs help figuring EVERYTHING out!
I did figure out why Steve gets me so hot, though - he is great with my kids. He is great with my kids without even being here! Plus, he gives me the one thing in the world that I want more than anything most days . . . 26 - 28 minutes of peace. What's not to love about a guy who does that?