Cheyenne made an observation about a week ago that amuses me each time I think of it. She observed that her brothers Noah and Cory are like Bert and Ernie of Sesame Street fame. If you are unfamiliar with this duo, you can learn more about them on the Sesame Street website where they both have their own pages (Bert’s page….Ernie’s page). The duo are most synonymous with the characters from Neil Simon’s old television series - The Odd Couple (the Jack Klugman and Tony Randall version).
I continue to laugh at Cheyenne’s observation because I think it has merit. Bert and Ernie are roommates – Noah and Cory are roommates. Bert and Ernie have very different personalities – Noah and Cory have very different personalities. Bert and Ernie together ground and lighten up the other – Noah and Cory together ground and lighten up the other. Bert is more pragmatic, sensible, conservative, and has a more sophisticated humor. Ernie is more whimsical, fun, gullible, and bit more flighty. I must say…I think there is some merit in Cheyenne’s observation.
In pondering the Bert and Ernie sides of Noah and Cory it occurred to me that we all likely share some personality traits with one Sesame Street character or another. Cheyenne is clearly a Zoe. Zoe is a proper little princess with the perfect mix of brains, joy, and determination…sounds a lot like our Miss Sparkle.
I think I am most likely a Grover – silly, generally amiable, and fairly sensible. It doesn’t hurt that Grover also has a professor persona. I must admit though, I do have some days in which I think I lean toward being Elmo or Oscar the Grouch.
Which Sesame Street character are you? Oh yes, you are in there somewhere. I think when we look around our “neighborhood” we likely have all the same characters they do in the Sesame Street neighborhood…they just may be a tad less furry.
Day one thousand three hundred and twenty-nine of the new forty – obla di obla da