As you may or may not know... I am... and will always be a HUGE Jim Henson/Muppets fan .... HUGE... MASSIVE!!!
Two days ago I was told that my family and I were going to meet Elmo (Kevin Clash) and Cookie Monster (David Rudman) and I was literally over the moon... more excited than my own kid!!
Thanks to Dad who is the Sesame Street Book Licensing Director for Australia he got us in to the Five Mile Press special appearance for media and buyers at the State Library. It was presented by The Circle's Gorgi Coghlan. Gorgi read one of Five Mile Press' books and then interviewed Elmo and Cookie first... then Kevin and David Second. We then got the fabulous opportunity to talk with them.. get pictures and I even went so far as to get their autographs. Cause to me this was like meeting rock stars! I kind of bumbled my attempt at words of admiration to Kevin and David... inside berating myself for not being better prepared in order to get my message across the way I wanted it conveyed! But all the same I'm still glad I had the guts on the day to talk to them.
And to have the opportunity to see them controlling the muppets in real time... I have to say they are just beyond incredible! It's just a gift to watch their skills. We all so easily forget that Elmo is Kevin or David is Cookie. And without them, Elmo or Cookie are just a piece a material. The life they bring to those gorgeous pieces of Fur is just masterful... genius!
And you'd think the kids might have been shocked to see Kevin and David... but they didn't even batt an eyelid.... didn't phase them whatsoever... to them Elmo was Elmo and Kevin was just like his mate holding him. I loved that!!
Sesame Street will always have the most special place in my heart and meeting Cookie, David, Elmo & Kevin was a true highlight in my life!!
And to think...here I am busy saving to get to New York... and just this week New York came to me!!
Watch Cookie and Elmo's special appearance on the 'The Circle' Here
And here's some of the photo's I took on the day...
Here's Kevin and Elmo with my son... you should have seen the excitement in our boy's face after Elmo hugged his head!!
This is Dad, (Tony Gerard) ... who we have to thank for such a fabulous, memorable day!
My sweetheart niece meeting Cookie
Kevin signing our book after David...
What a day!!! One I will never forget!!
PS - Thought I'd add this video to give you a glimpse of what it's like to see a master muppeteer in action!
And this video just cause it's so funny!