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I have heard this happens. You plop your kid in front of youtube while you are drying your hair and suddenly the obsession is born. She stares glazey-eyed at Elmo as he speaks in the third person about how much Elmo loves singing his ABC’s with India Arie. Your laptop becomes a craptop as your little monster-loving punk bangs the keyboard, “I want to watch Elmo!” and daily you wait. When will your punk realize the ABC’s are not a song invented by Elmo, but are actually the building blocks of reading? And can I please have my laptop back? I want to blog about how you’ve hijacked it.

Then one day, like yesterday for instance, your kid says, “ABCDEFG” and then you fill in the elusive “HIJ” and she continues and continues and continues and you wish Elmo were there to tell him how much Mommy loves Elmo, Mommy thinks the world of Elmo, Mommy thinks Elmo should keep on singing the ABC’s on youtube ad infinitum.

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Kendraspondence is the personal mischief of Kendra Stanton Lee.


  1. Clearly I am an old lady because I thought kids still watched Elmo on Sesame Street. It would never have occured to me to look for Elmo on YouTube. You are a super-cool mama! And shout out to Shambabe for learning her ABCs!

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