To say my son Judah is obsessed with Elmo would be an understatement. The very first song he had ever made any effort to sing was Elmo’s Song. You know, La la la la la la la la Elmo’s Song. He was a year old and just learning to walk, only a few words under his belt, and he would stand up wobbly demanding, “La la! La la!” This would go on for hours, literally, and no matter where you were or what you were doing you had to sing the song. To make matters worse you had to sing the song while also holding one of three items: The Elmo Book, the Elmo Pals or the Elmo Plush. They had to dance and stomp on whatever he chose and woe to us if we happened to pat them down on the wrong surface. There was a deliberate way of doing the Elmo’s Song for him and no one else was allowed to do it except Mom & Daddy.
This may not seem so awful or embarrassing until you factor in grocery stores, libraries, any park/public building/restroom or otherwise. Many times had I sighed when having to hold the two little Elmo Pals and tap them on the vegetable aisles of Walmart in front of many passing strangers. There was no getting out of it. If you happened to try to hide the Elmo Pals he would go search for them all around the store until you felt awful. If you happened to try and skip over the song he would become overwhelmingly upset. Not in a fit throwing way but as if you broke a sacred promise and ultimately destroyed some trust between you. You sang the song, you apologized if he happened to try banging his Elmo Pal on the back of someone’s shopping cart or worse, their butt.
Thankfully after a year of this it has slowly disappeared. He only requests the song rarely and generally now just likes to drum on everything by himself or count the numbers on the aisle signs as loudly as possible. It’s adorable and a little less embarrassing if he keeps from running into people.
I think when he becomes a teenager and we’re out shopping somewhere I will just all the sudden burst out in song, “LALALALALALALA ELMO’S SONG!” I think perhaps that will even us out. Until then, I have to keep my little promises.