When I was about Archer's age, my brother and I were obsessed with a certain Sesame Street musical number. Crazy obsessed. So obsessed we made "WWW" sit with us through Sesame Street, hand on VCR, waiting to press record, until finally (hallelujah!) we had ourselves a recording we could watch on repeat for days at a time. Sure the first five seconds were missing, but in the days of VCR-ing, that was par for the course. We watched and watched and...
"That's enough TV!"
"One more time!"
... watched ten more times.
It got to the point where we were so addicted, my parents had to pry us away from our beloved tape - reserving it for special occasions only so we didn't spend our every day zoned out for hours on end. Playing. Rewinding. Playing. Rewinding. Playing and singing and rewinding and...
I hadn't thought about "Put Down the Duckie" in a hundred years until last week, when Archer was parading around the house with the blow-up saxophone he got at the dentist and suddenly, out of nowhere I started humming... "put down the duckieeeeeee..."
...Which of course brought me to google which brought me to youtube which ended in five days x many-dozens of views of this:
Much like my brother and I couldn't get enough of Ernie and his shenanigans, neither have Archer and Fable been able to step away from Danny, Rhea, Pee-wee and the crew. Yesterday, I found Fable climbing up onto my desk chair trying to sneak-attack my computer for just one more glimpse at "Duckie! Duckiiiiieeeeeeee! NOOOOOOO!!!!!!"
It's the circle of life. And it moves us all.
58. Put Down the Duckie, by: Hoots the Owl and Ernie