Sunny day sweeping the clouds away

It’s not that easy being green
Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
When I think it could be nicer being red, or yellow or gold
Or something much more colorful like that

It’s not easy being green
It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
And people tend to pass you over ’cause you’re
Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
Or stars in the sky

But green’s the color of Spring
And green can be cool and friendly-like
And green can be big like an ocean, or important
Like a mountain, or tall like a tree

When green is all there is to be
It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why
Wonder, I am green and it’ll do fine, it’s beautiful
And I think it’s what I want to be

All this week Google have absolutely delighted me with pictures on their home page celebrating the main characters of Sesame Street in honour of the programme’s 40th anniversary. Which meant of course, I had to go online and watch old clips of Monsterpiece Theatre, the Grouch, the Count, Bert and Ernie, the Cookie Monster and Big Bird.
A winning combination of 1970s style psychedelia taught me my numbers using a pinball animation and a purple puppet with maniacal laughter taught me what order they go in. Big Bird reassuringly had an imaginary friend in Snuffleupagus (until he magically appeared one day) and so did I in Worzel (until he distressingly disappeared). And together with the letters on the lids of Smartie tubes, hundreds of us learned our alphabet through the programme.

We learnt to co-operate with each other, share, be helpful, and to speak a spattering of Spanish.
Sadly, like the letters on Smartie lids, you can’t get Sesame Street on normal TV in the UK anymore. I’m fairly convinced that’s why the press keep going on about how this generation of British kids are growing up illiterate, bad at maths and unhelpfully rude.


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