This is a public service announcement for any iPad owners out there. It’s probably not a good idea to show your 2-year-old that there are Elmo videos in iTunes and on YouTube. Nothing against Elmo or Muppets, in general. Carter has Elmo pajamas, an Elmo first doctor kit, toy Elmo hands that play the “tickle dance,” and Elmo on his diapers. I grew up with Elmo. Elmo is A-OK in my book.
But, now that he knows Elmo lives inside Daddy’s iPad, we’re treated to a new sing-song every time he sees it: “Eeelllmooo! Eeelllmooo!” He’ll even bring you the iPad and state, quite forcefully, “Elmo!” Tonight, he found a couple of VHS tapes starring Elmo. It took us a while to find a working VCR (do they still make those?) but success was had. Well, at least he doesn’t call him “Melmo” anymore.
Historical note: VHS tapes are large plastic bricks with a loop of tape that you would slide into a drawer into a machine under the TV to watch movies. I know, barbaric right?