[Remember...I'm someplace warm and sunny and won't be around to comment. In the meantime, enjoy!]
The other day, the Pea blurted out a new word, one I'm sure every toddler mama dreads hearing. "Elmo." This only struck me as unusual as he's never watched an actual episode of Sesame Street. He picked it up from a few Elmo books we own. (I feel I should clarify...I'm not one of those "no child of mine will watch television" moms...he just hasn't seen any Sesame Street yet.) I promptly went to YouTube and searched for an Elmo song. Found the duck one. I warn you it's catchy and addictive but worth the watch if just for the fat little duck at the end.
Every life has those defining "where were you when...?" moments. The Twin Towers fell? The Challenger exploded? You heard about Princess Diana? JFK was killed?
I realized the other day that mine has a rather unusual one. I remember where I was when I found out that Jim Henson died. I was sitting in front of the TV, watching a PBS special about the composer Joe Raposo (who wrote many of the early Sesame Street hit songs, including the theme song). At the end of the special, a screen came up that said, "Dedicated to the memory of Jim Henson September 24, 1936 – May 16, 1990". It was May 16, 1990.
There was no internet, of course. No CNN.com. The evening news had already aired. In my heart, I knew it was true, but I thought, "Maybe another Jim Henson." The morning paper confirmed it was my beloved Jim Henson, though.
Now, I feel I should explain something. You may have grown up watching Sesame Street, the Muppet Show and Muppet movies...they were revered in my family (and the creativity they represented). Jim Henson probably had the single greatest impact on the development of my sense of humor of any one man. Teeny Little Super Guy. The pig Vikings' "In The Navy". And, of course, ABDCEF...Cookie Monster! I could go on for hours.
His ideas still inspire my writing today. Twenty years later.
So I'm curious...what are the "Where were you when..." moments that color your writing (or other pursuits)?
Also, bonus point in my follower contest to the first person who can tell me the original color of Oscar the Grouch's fur!