Is Elmo made of crack cocaine? Kids get so addicted to Elmo I am convinced he is laced with some sort of amphetamine… it is impossible to be that obsessed with something as a sober person. Munch has never even seen Elmo in action because I am afraid if I exposed her to him moving around on a screen her head would implode. All the contact she has had with Elmo is on her big girl potty seat, and on her nighttime diapers where there is a small quarter-sized picture of him, and yet she is totally fanatical.
She will hold her potty seat and scream “I found Elmo” over and over again until I feel like my life is a David Lynch movie. And now when I change her diaper and try and put her brown-hippy-paper towel- 7th generation ones she screams in protest….
“No!!! I want Elmo diapi!! Elmo diapi!!!”
“But Munch, we only use your pampers at night…. We use these burlap sacks during the day because it is better for the environment. Don’t you want to grow up in a world with trees?”
So I decided the best thing was to get her an Elmo doll to see if that calmed things down. Like how if you catch your kid smoking you make them smoke 10 in a row so they get overexposed, barf, and never want too see a cigarette again. (Or they totally hooked because their blood has been replaced with nicotine but whatever….) But of course all these modern toys have batteries that make a simple doll do 7 different things including answering your emails and unloading the dishwasher. So this freaking Elmo doll talks by pushing his nose, and now the soundtrack to my life is that disturbing little voice wanting to be hugged, tickled, and molested all day.
(PS…. My friend Grace told me there is a documentary on the guy that create Elmo and the intention behind the puppet’s essence is pure love and physical affection- awwwwwww I get it now!)
Munch nodding out on heroine laced Elmo