I watched a lot of Sesame Street when I was younger. Not as a child, I’m too old for that! But when I was working in Day Care Centers and doing Day Care myself, the day usually started and ended with Big Bird, Bob, Susan, and the rest of the neighborhood.
Besides keeping kids occupied and educated, it got me started learning sign language. But it was really the music that sticks with me.
In Portland, the song I sing to myself most often is ”It’s a Rainy Day.” It goes like this.
“It’s a rainy day, it’s rainy day
It’s raining outside so I can’t go out to play.
Why do we need the rain, any way?”
The verses go on to explain exactly why we need the rain.
“Rain falls everywhere, fills the rivers and streams, flows into the reservoir, it’s purified and cleaned….”
“Water for the forest, millions of thirsty roots,
Water for the flower gardens, vegetables and fruits.”
I sing this when I want to go for a walk but would rather not get soaked. I sing it when I miss the sunshine. And it helps.
I’ll bet thousands of grown ups still know this song from their childhood, but I can’t find out who wrote it! On all the lyric sites, it is listed as ”by Sesame Street”. Maybe it was a group effort, like most good things.