now i’ve heard everything

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{image is a cover of the DVD, Elmo’s World: Families, Mail & Bath Time!}

Brooke loves Elmo’s World. I mean she really, really, REALLY loves Elmo’s World. At eleven, she shows no signs of slowing down nor “growing out of” her love for the furry little red monster and his crayon-colored world.

One of her favorite DVDs has always been Families, Mail and Bath Time. For years, however, she has made it very, very clear that she would NOT watch the Families segment. Its very mention would send her into a panic, shouting, “NO FAMILIES!”

We had no idea why it was so discomfiting. Until now.

Two days ago, Brooke said, “Remember when I didn’t like the Families part of Elmo?”

I said that I did.

“But it’s okay now,” she said.

“Oh, cool,” I said. “I’m glad it’s okay now. Why didn’t you like it?”

“I was scared of the Families part,” she said.

“Hmm,” I said, “do you know why it scared you?”

“Because Elmo’s hair stuck out in it like Noodle hair,” she said.

“Can you tell me what that means, Brooke?” I asked. “I don’t understand.”

“Elmo’s hair stuck out like Mr. Noodles’ brother, Mr. Noodles’ hair,” she said, “And I was scared that my hair would stick out too.”

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{image is a screenshot of Elmo pretending to be part of the Noodle family in the Elmo’s World Families segment. He is dressed in their signature vest and bow tie and his fur is teased to look like their hair.}

“Do you remember when I was so scared of that?” she asked.

“I do, baby,” I said. “And I’m so glad you could tell me.”

“You are?” she asked.

“Yes,” I said. “I’m not glad that you felt scared, but I’m glad that I can understand why now.”

“Well now I’ve heard everything!” she said.

I giggled, as it was a perfectly modified impression of Lucy Van Pelt telling Charlie Brown, “Well now I’ve seen everything!”

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{image is a screenshot of the scene in It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown in which Lucy, dressed as a witch, says to Charlie Brown, whose ghost costume is covered in holes, “Now I’ve seen everything!”}

“Don’t laugh,” she said, “I really have.”

“I’m not really laughing, kiddo” I said, “just smiling out loud.”

6 thoughts on “now i’ve heard everything

  1. Incredible leaps and bounds. She can convey so much to you and every one. I love that she told you to stop laughing.

    Love you,
    Mom

  2. This could be a conversation at my house. And Daniel bought “All Ears Blue” with some of his 18th birthday money” he is so excited. He keeps making videos of himself on his iPad with Blue recreating snippets of videos….no slowing down. It’s such an amazing thing to hear the “why”

  3. This is awesome. I know that DVD well. My son (on the spectrum) was just “ok” with Elmo, but it was my daughter who really loved all those episodes. She had several moments that would freak her out from various episodes…one was the elephant trunk that came out of Oscar’s trash can. Another was when the computer was jumping around saying “Elmo has mail!” Even though she’s a typical kid, I often wondered what would trigger her to run and hide, and she was never really able to put it into words. It’s amazing that Brooke has.

  4. Q was actually watching that very Dvdv (as he calls them) last night before bed. He loved the pictures of the dvd and the Noodle brothers. He has been an Elmo fan his whole dvd watching life. Since we are here at Ronald McDonald House
    and don’t have the same TV channels (we have Dish) he is very dependent on his computer and DVD player. Way to go Brooke. You are an amazing young lady. Mom, you have a very special place in my heart. Fyi, we may finally be going home in a couple of months. Tomorrow it will be 16 months!!!

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