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Betrayed by Elmo: 12/14/07

No Elmo

Harriet usually ends her morning by watching Sesame Street before her nap. She knows that when the "Elmo's World" bit of Sesame Street is over, it's her nap time.

Today though, she refused to nap. See, naps are for babies. Elmo told her this. Worse than that, Elmo called a child obviously older than Harriet a baby.

Elmo betrayed Harriet's trust by calling this obvious toddler a baby. This child must have been about 18 months old, so about the youngest of the "younger kids" in Sean's school. These are the big kids that Harriet so looks up to and aspires to be. If they are babies, then Harriet, despite her best efforts, must also be one.

Rather than take her usual nap, Harriet howled from her crib: "I don't want to be a baby! I don't want to take a nap. Big girls don't take naps." Over and over and over again. All day, in fact, did I get to hear her protests.

Watch out Elmo. You're on Harriet's shit list.

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Comment #1: Saturday, December 15th, 2007 05:23:31



Man, you've got one very bright little girl, there! I mean, I knew that, but still, I'm really impressed with her speech, etc..

That's hilarious, though. Don't they have a little nap time at Sean's school? If you can tell her thaat, or visit his school quietly during nap time, maybe it will convince her that naps are for bigger kids, too."

Comment #2: Saturday, December 15th, 2007 11:43:47


I've just sent both kids down for a nap. So hopefully that will work."

Comment #3: Saturday, December, 15, 2007 at 18:32:47


Oh no! Poor Harriet and Mom! And grrr to Elmo!"

Comment #4: Saturday, December 15th, 2007 at 16:11:31


Yesterday was rough. Today Sean has been good at giving her "big kid" peptalks so she's feeling happier."

Comment #5: Sunday, December, 16, 2007 at 11:16:17

Susan Helene Gottfried, MFA

Yeah. And this is yet another reason why I hate Elmo."

Comment #5: Sunday, December, 16, 2007 at 11:33:43


I hate Elmo for a number of reasons but he's unfortunately a feature of the modern day Sesame Street. Harriet and I like the rest of Sesame Street enough to put up with Elmo. I do, though, have a "no Elmo" toy rule in the house."

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