Thursday, August 12, 2010

So Much Depends Upon a Red Monster

We don't watch real television in our house.  We don't have cable, so we don't get network, which is simply a continuation of how it was in our old lives in New York City.  But occasionally I do come across real television in my daily life.  Today, for instance, while my son was at his occupational therapy appointment, the television in the waiting room was tuned to Sesame Street and, though I was supposed to be proofreading a draft of my book proposal, Murray the red monster drew me in like a magnet, as he always does when I happen to see Sesame Street.

Why?  Because he's live from New York.  The segments with Murray are shot on the streets and in the parks and playgrounds of my beloved city, and the letters and numbers of the day are the subway lines!  When I see Murray, my heart pounds and my eyes cloud up.  In some ways I'm very glad to not live in New York now, but boy, do I miss it in other ways.  Murray the monster is like a red flag waving randomly through my quotidian life, the wistful banner of serendipitous nostalgia.


Anonymous said...

As Robert Frost said of "home":

“Yes, what else but home?
It all depends on what you mean by home.
Of course he’s nothing to us, any more
Than was the hound that came a stranger to us
Out of the woods, worn out upon the trail.”

“Home is the place where, when you have to go there,
They have to take you in.”

From "The Death of the Hired Hand"

Mac said...

Don't forget the next line, spoken I think by the wife:

"I should have called it
Something you somehow haven't to deserve."

(from memory, not sure if I have that exactly right)

Pentimento said...

Enbrethiliel, I'm sorry -- I deleted your comment by mistake and I can't get it back now! Blasted Blogger.

Enbrethiliel said...


That's okay! =) If I recall correctly, it was just about my blind faith that Murray is 100 times better than the dratted Elmo.

Pentimento said...

Murray is awesome, but I have nothing against Elmo personally.

Enbrethiliel said...


I confess that when it comes to the Muppets, it's always personal for me. =P

Pentimento said...

My impression is that Otepoti is in that camp with you.

Pentimento said...

Not necessarily the anti-Elmo camp, but the taking-Muppets-personally one.