Christmas Eve on Sesame Street

Here's a true story, those of you who know and love me have probably heard it before...and are thoroughly disgusted...those of you who don't know me...well, sit back and enjoy.

The year after I graduated from college was pretty tough. It was a huge change (though I was living just down the street from the college!), and a lot had been going on personally for me. We had lost some family members, others were ill, we had lost some good just wasn't the greatest year. I was would have been too living with the lot I was. At any rate, I decided to brave the mall and do some Christmas shopping. I was looking forward to a nice time at home with my family. I was in this store that had all sorts of things a teacher could buy for bulletin boards and educational store. I was walking around and I heard Sesame Street playing on the TV toward the back of the store. However, they were showing Christmas Eve on Sesame Street, a special I had loved as a child and hadn't seen in years. So I start watching, and Mr. Hooper shows up (he ran the little grocery store on Sesame Street but passed away and now hardly anyone knows who he is) on the screen and I start to remember the scenario. Bert and Ernie have pulled a "gift of the Magi." Bert wanted to get Ernie a soap dish for Rubber Duckie, so he traded Mr. Hooper his prized paperclip collection. Ernie wanted to get a cigar box for Bert to put his paperclip collection in, and bartered Rubber Duckie to Mr. Hooper for it. So as they give each other their gifts, and don't reveal that the things they were meant for actually paid for the gifts they exchanged, Mr. Hooper shows up and gives them their gifts which are the paperclip collection and Rubber Duckie. He talks of the true meaning of Christmas...yada yada yada. So here's where my story gets embarrassing...a clerk comes up to me...with a box of tissues...because I'm absolutely wailing crying in the back of this store. I'm not kidding...buckets. I couldn't even talk...I was mortified. I grabbed one of the videos off the rack and a handful of tissues and went to cash out. Poor thing, she couldn't wait to get rid of me. I heard some kid go "Is that lady alright?" And I just started laughing uncontrollably...they had to have thought I was completely insane...or completely high.

I still have the video and watch it every year...after all, I didn't just invest money in it...but pride and ego. I started watching it a few weeks ago with my little cousin Allie when she came to visit. I had to shut it off because I started welling up and I didn't want to freak her out by crying at Sesame Street!


At 11:35 PM, Blogger Maggie said...


I understand what you were going thtough in that store. We stil have that tape and every year it makes me cry. So don't worry - you are not alone. :)


At 11:09 AM, Anonymous LizFwiz said...

sounds like you are bipolar. Just kdding.

At 11:14 AM, Blogger Mo said... are so hilarious...

At 1:36 PM, Blogger lms129 said...

Good News, The store on Sesame street is still called "Hooper's" even though it's run by an Asian man named Alan. Also, in Big Bird's nest, he has a scetch of Mr Hooper so the memory of Mr Hooper is alive and well. In fact, They have a "Hooper's Store" at Sesame Street PArk in Philly. I wish I knew how to download pics cause I have a great photo of Allison trashing it!

At 6:50 AM, Anonymous nancybakey said...

I haven't seen this thing! Am I the only one?

At 11:13 AM, Blogger Mo said...

Really?!?! You don't remember the big Sesame Street ice capades, or the giant snot icicle on Big Bird's beak while he was outside in the cold waiting for Santa because Oscar told him Santa was too much of a fat ass to fit down the skinny chimney. HILARIOUS!! I should let you borrow it!!


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