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Posts tagged ‘Barney’
Posted: February 13th, 2013

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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 PajamasGumby and danced down the stairs singing and dancing to Barney’s “Special, Special — everyone is special.”  Sigh.

Ryan turns 21
Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.

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Posted: July 2nd, 2012

Even if you can’t sing, one great connection with kids is music, music music. I learned more songs than I ever thought possible when I watched Sharon, Lois & Bram (Sharon Hampson is a three-time breast cancer survivor. She and Lois Lilienstein and Bram Morrison are all now in their 70s.) on “The Elephant Show” with my older two kids. Skinnamarinky Dinky Dink was a nonsensical favorite. “Peanut peanut butter” was another jazzy tune I recall. My youngest, Ryan, sang along with Barney to “Special” and “I love you.”

All that music flooded back to get my toe tapping over the weekend when we spent a lot of time with little people. They all love to boogie. “Shake your bootie” is the latest favorite of our 2-year-old neighbor. Our 11-month-old granddaughter shakes her bootie to almost anything, and my twin 3-year-old great nieces sing and dance on cue.

If you want to enjoy local singalongs, check out Lindsey Poisson’s article in today’s Erie Times-News about Lori Burke who hosts a sing-along series for children at Goodell Gardens & Homestead. Here’s the info:

- What: Musician Lori Burke will lead children and adults through classic songs and old folk favorites.
- When: Tuesdays, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 11 a.m. to noon
- Where: Goodell Gardens & Homestead, 221 Waterford St. in Edinboro
- Cost: $2 per person
- Info: Call 734-6699 or visit www.goodellgardens.org.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.


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