It’s always fun to discover what your kids remember about toddlerdom once they hit adulthood.
When my youngest child, Ryan Eckert, turned 21 yesterday, we talked about all the crazy things he did as a tot. He’d had hernia surgery when he was barely a preschooler, and he remembered how we tried everything to keep him inactive and entertained. He mentioned the “Bananas” show. I had completely forgotten that one. It was “Bananas in Pajamas” — they kind of looked life-sized bananas in prison gear, but it was in syndication for years when he was a tot. If you click right here, it takes you to an interactive website. The show had Australian roots.
These big bananas had clever names B1 and B2. With Australian accents, they often had some adventures with teddy bears. I don’t remember the a-peel with a lot of jokes about peels or anything, but it did hold his attention. It was really simple — a lot like Gumby, one of my favorites. It was always on at a naptime.
Gumby had a long reign on Nickelodeon — it was primitive clay figure animation. The funny Blockheads — the goofs who always got in trouble — were the bad guys that Gumby coped with along with his horse Pokey, and dog, Nopey.
Ryan also recalled watching Ch-Ch-Ch Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers – the pair of chipmunks he met at Disneyworld. He was even a fan of Barney before his older brother and sister poisoned him on that poor purple dinosaur.
Well, there he is (above) at age 3 or 4 — he wore a Green Bay Packers jersey every year for picture day — and refused to open his mouth for a smile.
Here he is with me sharing an adult beverage — a legal one. Wow, what I wouldn’t give for a few more moments of time with a baby who watched Bananas in Pajamas, Gumby and danced down the stairs singing and dancing to Barney’s “Special, Special — everyone is special.” Sigh.