We parked the kids in front of the Sesame Street Old School DVDs this afternoon for an hour before dinner. Later, as we were preparing to go out for our post-prandial stroll, Archer started counting in a funny voice -- puckering up his lips like he was pretending to be a fish, and semi-growling in a low tone. It was only when he mentioned "a counting contest 1 to 10" and started holding up his fingers one by one (with his palm facing him, rather than out toward the listener) that I realized he was imitating Ernie in the slow counting sketch. There doesn't seem to be a YouTube, but maybe you remember it: Ernie counts in a theatrical manner and at a glacial pace, and every time Bert coughs or speaks or breathes, he starts over from the beginning. I couldn't contain myself when Archer looked at me and said, in his strange Ernie voice, "What're you laughing about, Mo -- what're you laughing about, Bert?" Followed, of course, by: "I need to start again. One!"
Of course, CG went over to the Sesame Side a couple of weeks ago, when she wouldn't stop inserting Cookie Monster into the alphabet. It was funny to Archer at first, but after a while he got annoyed and started chiding her: "Uh, Cady Gray -- Cookie Monster is not a letter. Do not say people in the alphabet."