(She was a chatty little one, she engaged all of us.)
On the long drive home, I thought more about Sesame magic and how it might seem to my girls. When I was 5, my favorite Sesame Street bit was Bert, doing the “er-er-pigeon”. How could he dance like that, how could see his shoes? How does that work? Like how it is that no matter how crowded the park is, what part of the line we are in, this girl gets whatever horse she wants every. single. time.
…how a couple years ago the girls decided they wanted to catch an Abby poof that launches from one of the floats in the parade and since then, we’ve caught at least one for each girl every time we’ve visited. This time we caught three, and shared one with our little friend. She was speechless, for a second.
This time it seemed like the staff at Sesame Place was extra magical, too. The girl at Ernie’s bed bounce played tag with the big kids when it was their turn. It was cool to give the kids a little structure and focus instead of aimlessly bouncing (which is fine, too, but you know…).
(I think Little Girl took this pic, it was on their camera)
A whole gang of workers played Red Light Green Light and Duck Duck Goose before the evening parade – it was WONDERFUL. Rather than just sitting and asking every 32 seconds when the parade would start, everybody got a chance to stay busy. The time went by quickly.
The girls were lucky enough to be chosen to dance in the parade too. I SWEAR there is no trick to this, they just get picked. Like, fairly often. There must be something about them that catches the dancers’ eyes.
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There was a bit of a free-for-all when some streamers popped out into the crowd towards the end, lots of little kids ran into the parade path. The dancers motioned to hold back the floats and everyone got back to their parents. Big and Little Girl hadn’t moved from our spot, they know after all this time not step into the parade. The “kid” that chose them to dance saw them standing there once the parade started up again and handed them a scoop of the streamers. A simple gesture, but I think that was magic to my girls.
That look on Big Girl’s face, I want that magic forever.