no wake up jeff!

it’s aunti day!

file photo from this summer

this autumn, we’ve *fall*en (punny!) into a lovely routine in toronto: after everyone’s home at the end of the day, the brother and sil ana duck out for some time to themselves, and little e and cutie c and i get to have girl-time all together.

after supper, we typically gather around aunti’s computer while the girls enjoy their fruit dessert and we watch the wiggles!


our usual routine is that the girls take turns picking from the list of songs that pops up when i google “wiggles, watch online” – they now have their favourites: little e is big into “brown girl in the ring” and “ensalada de fruta” while cutie c quite loves “five little ducks.” i like ’em all! we have a lot of fun cuddling up and having a sing-along.

the other week, i decided to get a wiggles dvd from the library. i think aunti will *forget* to pick up another one…while i truly don’t mind the wiggles’ songs (i know they are not every grown-up’s favourite, but i’m cool with them) the dvd was a little much. let’s just say the wiggles songs, one by one, are much better than their inane overly-enthusiastic bantering and cheesy dialogue!

anyway, also over the past few months, a funny situation has developed with little c: as soon as we settle in to enjoy our music time, she turns to me with a look of terror in her eyes and implores, “no wake up jeff!” she doesn’t mind the character of jeff when he’s in other songs or on-screen – she just has taken a huge dislike to the SONG entitled “wake up, jeff.” i’m not sure why! it’s a really upbeat song, so i doubt it’s the tune. the running gag with jeff is that he sleeps a lot…and snores. so, i’m not sure what aspect scares cutie c, but we just can’t watch that song! (luckily, there are 200 other songs for us to choose from).

cutie c’s reaction made me think of when i was little – i didn’t watch a lot of tv, but mom let me watch mr dressup and sesame street. i distinctly remember that on sesame street, there was a segment that popped up from time to time: it was a guy dressed up like a chef and he was carrying a platter of cakes. he’d walk up stairs (i think the purpose of the sketch was to count from 1-10) but then at the top, he’d fall down the stairs. for whatever reason, this skit scared me to pieces! as soon as i’d see this chef-guy, i’d quick run and hide behind the couch. mommy would tell me when he was gone, and then i’d go back to watching the show. what scared me was the tumbling down the stairs – maybe i thought he’d hurt himself? or maybe i was caught off-guard the first time i saw the chef fall, and it surprised me too much.

so, never fear, cutie c! we’ll avoid wake up, jeff. we’ll just go bananas, instead!

any characters that you had an inexplicable fear of, as a child? or, if you’re a parent/relative/caregiver, any funny aversions from your little darlings? it’s interesting how something adults find harmless and funny can evoke quite the opposite reaction in kids!


continuing on from yesterday’s cereal theme, towel #3 arrived in the mail yesterday:

three for three, all free!

this one is my favourite, colour-wise. too funny that i have never had a lucky charm in my life, though!

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  • Stephanie  On October 26, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    You’re in Toronto? Darn it, I just moved away from there! I would have loved to get together for coffee! (Well, I don’t actually drink coffee. Maybe we could have gotten together for bowls of cereal instead.)

    I’ve never had Lucky Charms either. My parents didn’t buy us cereal with marshmallows in it. But they DID buy us corn pops once in a blue moon. Those were beautiful, beautiful days.

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 26, 2011 at 8:56 pm

      i am in waterloo but the brother/sil/nieces are in TO. darn our luck! and i am OFF coffee since the flu this summer…maybe we could have found some sort of literary affair! corn pops – yes! we ONLY got those on vacations. that is why i love being an adult – i can choose junk cereal any old time i please. 🙂

  • Zo  On October 26, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    I remember a few of the muppet sketches with monsters scared me. I remember one where a guy was watching tv and it was a news report about how furniture was coming alive and attacking people….so he managed to herd all the live furniture out of the house…and as soon as the story was over, the tv shut off, a jagged line appeared like a mouth, and it ate the man. Scared me silly (although I have this icky back of my mind feeling like…did I imagine it? I just checked wikipedia and the sketch was called “Furniture comes alive” and aired in January 1976, when Vincent Price was host…well, that makes sense anyway!

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 26, 2011 at 7:01 pm

      i love that you wiki’d that memory, zo! it does sound like the monsters would be scary. we never watched the muppets so i am very muppet-illiterate – except for miss piggy and kermit! thanks for sharing the details!!

  • Johanna B  On October 26, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    My daughter didn’t like the Sesame Street characters. She adored Barney though. She slept with a purple dinosaur til she was a teenager.

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 26, 2011 at 3:46 pm

      that’s funny that barney was ok but not the sesame street gang! i slept with a stuffed bunny rabbit…for many years!

  • The Orchard  On October 26, 2011 at 9:23 am

    When Sobey’s was re-done about 2 or 3 years ago, there was a changing display above the deli counter. It was images being projected onto the wall above the counter and I think it would show a plate and then show the plate with food on it, and then it would change again. You could see the plates from the check-out and for some reason, those plates terrified my daughter Addie. She would cry and I would have to tell her to not look at the plates. Sobey’s became known as “The Plate Store”. She would say, “we’re not going to the plate store, are we?”, in terror!

    I know it is not an aversion to a character, but it was a strange aversion just the same! Thankfully, the plates are now gone and we can go into Sobey’s without being terrified!

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 26, 2011 at 9:29 am

      i love your “plate store” story, tricia! this is exactly the type of example i was thinking of, where we as adults just go, “hunh??” so glad the plates are no more, and sobey’s can be a non-scary outing!

  • Lisa  On October 26, 2011 at 7:29 am

    OMG, so much fun! Matthew and I used to watch the wiggles, and it was so annoying…but he loved the music a lot (especially the fruit salad song).
    Childhood fears are so interesting—I remember I had two really irrational fears. I was intensely afraid that the outlets would catch on fire and our house would burn down, and I also remember telling my mom (when I was about 5) that I was never going to have babies because there is too much of a chance of dying.
    I remember the cake guy on sesame street, and although it didn’t scare me, I really didn’t like it! The falling…the mess…it was just stressful!

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 26, 2011 at 8:34 am

      i can’t believe you remember the cake guy! that is too wild! i can’t wait to see what the girls will enjoy when they are post-wiggles age. will hannah montana still be hot in a couple years (maybe she is already bygones!). i love that you and m enjoy movies together…and that you are willing to go with m’s “quality” picks!

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