Last Wednesday we took Henry and Freddy to see Sesame Street Live. We had waited until the night before to tell Henry we were going since he has gratification issues. Basically he wants things right away. So the night before I explained to him that we were going to see Elmo after “school” the next day. Well drop off at daycare that morning was rough. He kept saying “No daycare, ELMO!” and I kept saying “after daycare Henry” and then communication lines broke down from there. I’m not going to lie, I was pretty excited myself to go. We’ve become very VERY well acquainted with Sesame Street, particularly Elmo and I’m not going to lie, I’m a fan. I like everything there is about Sesame Street. They’ve “kept it real” for a really long time.
So it was with great chagrin, that when we picked him up early, he was clearly sick. He was all red and lethargic and cranky. We debated whether we should go or not, but before we could decide, Henry said “we go see Elmo now?” so I couldn’t not bring him. We figured we’d go for a bit and then leave if he got too tired. We rushed home, gave him a bit of Tylenol and headed back out.
He was a bit confused at first, not quite knowing what was happening. About 10 minutes into the show, it was like I was seeing a different Henry. He was jumping around, dancing, clapping his hands, singing and naming every character as they appeared on stage. We also got to hang out with my sister and nephew Niko and niece Victoria who scored free tickets from my aunt Francine. At one point, Henry felt it was imperative to reach over to my sister and say “Kiki, that’s Cookie Monster”. I guess he thought she wasn’t familiar with the characters. The boys had a blast. Well Freddy fell asleep in the second half but I’m sure he enjoyed what he saw. The second it was over, Henry just crashed. He used all his energy for Elmo.
Now for the show itself, as an adult, I thought it was awesome. They really engage the kids with catchy song and dance numbers. I felt bad for the people in the costumes since the whole show is prerecorded so these people are on stage miming along to the soundtrack. I felt Cookie Monster was over-exaggerating his movement but I guess if movement is the only thing you’re allowed to do, you want to make sure you’re noticed. I noticed you Cookie Monster. There were a few jokes that adults could pick up on as well. The best part though was just watching Henry thoroughly enjoy the moment. He was just so happy seeing his heroes up close. I would definitely go again.