Sunday, September 28, 2008

Living with Lambchop






You remember this wonderful woman,
Shari Lewis. She was as much a part of my childhood as Applejacks and Captain Kangaroo. In my wildest dreams, I never thought that any of my kids would be influenced by her brand of coolness. But, I am happily wrong.
I bought this for the Pickle BEFORE he was born. I was working at a hospital, and this was on the shelf at the gift shop. I just knew this was going to be what my baby slept with. But it didn't happen that way. He ignored it for years. It wasn't until I was about to give it to "Idgy", (the baby I keep), that he picked it up and it's been a part of lives ever since.
The Pickle has slept with all kinds of inanimate objects, none of which were anything classified as a nighttime sleep toy. You remember "Toothbrush" from long ago. He never actually used it to brush his teeth with, but it was an action figure of sorts. Pickle has slept with cell phones, computer keyboards, and any type of gadget you can imagine. Seeing him embrace this little Lambchop is really mindblowing. Even the toughest of boys has a special toy that becomes "real", like the Velveteen Rabbit. (I love the story of the Velveteen Rabbit as many of my toys became "real.) Lambchop goes to kindergarten every morning, and has to be in the car when he gets out of school. Even the Diva (who I take care of and isn't quite old enough for school) reminds me that I have to "get Lambchop". And of course, Lambchop sleeps with Pickle every night. I decided to research Shari Lewis and Lambchop to see if I could find some actual programs for him to see. Sure enough, in our generation of Youtube, there were plenty of episodes to view. That's how he spent his Saturday morning. Amazing, isn't it, that the most retro of things can still be the coolest?

7 comments:

Linda said...

When my children were younger I had bought a couple of vcr tapes of Shari Lewis and crew. When bored in the car we would sing "The song that never ends" etc... We all just loved her and the animals! Now my granddaughter comes over and pulls the VCR tapes right off the shelf looking for Shari & crew! It is wonderful to pass the "legacy" on to a future generation! So many shows have inuendo's and suggestions that just were not in the "by-gone" shows and I am so glad that I held on to books, VCR tapes, etc... that can bring the past into my granddaughters life!
Thank you for sharing, and letting me share :)
Linda

BitnByAQuiltingBug said...

I hadn't thought about that show for years. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!
Regina

Katie said...

How wonderful! :-)

I'm not sure my children ever watched Shari Lewis. I'll have to ask!

Robin said...

I use to love Lamb Chop and Sheri

Michelle said...

Awww... that brings back so many memories!!
I love the old stuff. You can buy/rent almost all the good stuff (or watch on Youtube). The only television Peanut watches is from my generation. She's growing up on old episodes of Sesame Street (I have both the "Old School" collections), The Electric Company and The Muppet Show. She loves them all...

Ginny said...

I loved lambchop, my brother & I both had the puppets, lol.

Deborah said...

She was one of my favorites, too.