I have a 6 year old boy that fixates on things. What one might call a phase another might call a neurosis. I just call it the roller coaster that is our life.
First there was the vacuum phase, then we suffered through the dog phase (which has strangely resurfaced of late, since Jensen thinks that Mater needs a brother), the toilet phase (which is not really over, but is simply lying dormant until we have guests over), the Backyardigans phase, the Mario phase, Phineas and Ferb, and now we have a brand new obsession.
Peep and the Big Wide World. This is a 2 dimensional simplistically drawn cartoon about three bird type characters named Quack (a blue duck), Peep (a baby chicken), and Chirp (a red robin) and how they relate to the world around them. There is always a great science based message, and the characters are extremely lovable.
I was introduced to Peep years ago when we had no cable tv and the girls were younger. I had fond memories, and a vague recollection of my own uncontrollable giggling over the antics of Quack.
Since we recently jettisoned our cable television once again, I happened upon Peep and the Big Wide World. Reluctantly, Jensen sat down with me to watch, but let it be known that he would rather be following the adventures of Perry the Platypus in Phineas & Ferb. I’ve frankly had enough of P & F and their liberal use of stupid, whatever, and tattling.
(But the show still makes me laugh out loud. It also makes me want to wear a white lab coat. Which I can’t explain.)
Peep was a major hit with Jensen. The only issue we’re having is that he has requested Peep action figures for Christmas, and they have yet to be invented. I suppose I could hand him a bag full of colored cotton balls and tell him to improvise.
Peep and the Big Wide World is his new currency. It’s what we can hold over his head when we’re dispensing discipline. In fact, just yesterday I heard Fiddledaddy sternly warn his young son IN ALL CAPS:
“IF YOU DO THAT AGAIN, YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO WATCH THE PEEP SHOW.”
I’ve decided that despite the cooler temperatures, we will not be enjoying the benefits of wide open windows and doors for the duration of winter.