"C" Is for Cookie --- That's Good Enough for Me

We’ve asked you to tell us why public media matters to you … here’s my story.

I was a true Sesame Street kid. I adored the Odd Couple-esque squabbling between Ernie and Bert. I was a sucker for both Professor Grover and Grover the hapless waiter. I loved trench-coated Kermie’s trenchant reports from the field. But no character grabbed me quite like Cookie.

These days my mother regularly indulges her sweet tooth, but when I was young she and my father went on a brief health kick. I remember yoga mantras and blenders whirring carrot juice. And I remember what a big deal it was when we had cookies in the house. Needless to say, they were always oatmeal raisin.

So maybe Cookie Monster had a forbidden-fruit appeal for me. But it wasn’t just that.

I could relate to Cookie. Kids are by nature part id, and Cookie is all id. In his world, delayed gratification is unthinkable. He wants his cookies, and he wants them now. You might say he’s a goal-oriented guy: His life revolves around pleasure, and he hurts nothing but his own waistline in pursuit of that pleasure. There are few sights more joyous than that of Cookie stuffing his cavernous mouth with treats.

Now that I’m allegedly all grown up I take great pride in knowing that I’ve passed my Muppet love to the next generation. My son, a Sesame Street vet with three Grover stuffed animals in his past, is a music buff who loves Cookie’s rendition of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.” No matter what other mistakes we might make as parents, my husband and I can rest assured that we’re raising a son who appreciates the finer things.

Public media has brought so much to my life. But in the end, it all boils down to googly eyes, floppy fingers and rapturous mm-mm-mmms.

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